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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Color management is all about clarifying communication between multiple devices. Color management is incredibly important, because when we look at an image on our monitor, what we are seeing is the image created via light. Yet when we print that image, it's being created via ink. Therefore, what we need to do is clarify the communication between what we see on our monitor and our printer. One way to do that is to create a profile for our monitor and also a profile for our printer and the paper type. The device that I use in order to do this is called the ColorMunki.
I like this device because it's compact and because it works incredibly well, and because I can use one device to create profiles for my monitor, my printer, and also for projectors. One of the advantages of using something like this is that it comes with a software program which you can run. You can then take this device and hang it on your monitor, as I am doing here, and then run this little software program. What this will do then is it will send different colors at different brightness values to the device.
The device will then read those values, and it will create an accurate profile. Now, this profile is really helpful, because what it will do is it will help interpret what we are seeing here, so we can get really good, really accurate prints when they come out of our printer. So if you want to improve your overall color managed workflow, you may want to consider getting a device like this. Now, of course if you don't have budget for it right now, it may be something that you want to schedule into your budget. Because once you use this type of device, you will never go back.
You will soon discover that this type of accuracy pays for itself and also it makes the overall process much more enjoyable.
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