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The process of managing color settings on various viewing/output devices (computer monitors, projectors, printers, etc) so that colors appear the same regardless of how an image is viewed.

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Do the issues with sharpness I am seeing require AF fine-tuning?

I own a nikon D7000 with 18-105 lens. I am not happy with sharpness I get with autofocus in portraits. I read about front/back focusing, but I am not sure whether my gear has this issue. Is this issue ...
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How does the gray level in a target impact the true color after calibration

I'm trying to learn how to take photos that are color accurate. I'm testing on a newly painted wall in my kitchen, and has a biege paint with some green tone. ...
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Colour Management

I have a laptop. I have an Xrite colour display calibration tool. I have CS6. It may seem an idiotic question but in all my reading no one explains it simply. I profiled my monitor. It gave me a ...
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Gamma loaders on Windows 7/8: necessary or not?

I noticed that some monitor profiling software (like X-Rite i1 Display Pro, for one example) install their startup gamma loaders under Windows 7. Back in the XP days we used those utilities to load ...
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Why are colors more saturated on a wide gamut screen?

A wide gamut screen displays more than the sRGB color space. So why, with softwares that do not deal with ICC profiles, with a given color that has it's own place / value in the global color space, is ...
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Can a drop of a camera+lens cause AF calibration issues on either — or both — the lens and the body? What are the mechanics involved here?

My question is, if you drop a camera, and you think you might have an AF issue, what are the mechanics involved that might cause a mis-calibration? I can imagine that the lens has movable parts -- ...
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What color calibration device works best with a Dell U2711?

I have a Dell U2711 that I use for color critical work. I am wondering if anyone out there has tested multiple color correction devices and come up with a best use option for photoshop and working in ...
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Why am I getting a different look with Huey Pro on a LED monitor?

I own a Huey Pro and used it on CRTs, LCDs and my Mac Book Pro screen. Been using it fine with these screens until I bought a LED monitor. When calibrated with the Huey pro the LED monitor (connected ...
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Adobe RGB to sRGB conversion, why does the color change?

When I convert my photos from Adobe RGB colorspace to sRGB for browsers, the color slightly changes and I’m bothered by it. I know that sRGB covers a smaller space of colors so I won’t get an exact ...
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How do repair shops fix focus shifts on bodies lacking focus microadjustment feature?

For camera bodies without autofocus microadjustment capability, how do repair shops calibrate a specific body and a lens combination suffering from the focus shifts (back and/or front focusing)?
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In photoshop cs5 the color of my image changes when I enter full screen mode, how do I fix it?

I am working in PScs5 on a EIZO color edge monitor. When I open my image photoshop displays all of the colors fine. When I change to full frame viewing, the image color becomes very muted and washed ...
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Color space on Digital Rebel XT [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the difference between Adobe RGB and sRGB and which should I set in my camera? I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT and am wondering what color space I should use. My ...
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How can several gray card shots help with metamerism?

In a comment to my answer on gray card angles, @underarock mentioned having used several gray card shots at different angles to cope better with metamerism. This sounds intriguing, but I'm still not ...
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Gray card angle during custom white balance calibration - does it matter?

Do I have to have the gray card on a specific angle while taking a photo for custom white balance calibration? Or it is irrelevant? I am guessing that the gray card plane should be perpendicular (90 ...
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How can I calibrate two monitors individually in Windows7?

I have 2 monitors, a Dell U2410 and a Wacom Cintiq 12 UX. I have an eye1Match calibrator & software. I was told by the people @ Xrite, that even if I calibrate both devices, Windows will only ...
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Why do my image colors look drastically different in photoshop than lightroom on two calibrated monitors?

I am using Lightroom 5 and Photoshop cs5. I have two monitors, both are calibrated, (one is a better screen and more precise but they are very close.) When LR is open I can drag it from one screen to ...
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Questions to ask when using a professional printing service

I do lots of landscape photography. A friend of mine wants one of my photographs printed; I've never done this before! All of my photos are post-processed in Photoshop, and I only generate JPEG's for ...
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Why am I getting a cyan cast on Epson Claria printer only in the highest-res print mode?

I use an Epson R260 (Claria 6-color dye) printer with a continuous ink system supplied by Echostore.com for proofing. I use generic storebrand Staples photopaper for this. It's not super-white; it ...
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Why does opening Lightroom 4 cause a color shift to my entire display?

I have a MacBook Pro mid-2010, I am currently using "Color LCD" and every time I open Lightroom I notice a subtle color change on my display, it gets a little cooler. This also happens when I open the ...
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Is it possible to physically calibrate a Nikon 50mm 1.4G

Having just bought a Nikon D800, i decided to have a play with the 50mm 1.4G on it. I noteced it was back-focusing by about 2cm so tweeked the AF fine-tune. however thats now maxed out at -20 and its ...
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How do I use the ColorHug in Windows?

The open source ColorHug display colorimeter only works with Linux software. If I want to use it to color calibrate a Windows system, what do I do?
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Does “Proof Color” with “Monitor RGB” option in PS ensure that I see TRUE colors?

I seem to misunderstand color management based on comments in my previous question. Or I incorrectly asked me question so people give me wrong answers. Therefore I want to clarify my understanding of ...
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How do I force Adobe Camera Raw to use monitor color profile?

How do I force Adobe Camera Raw to use monitor color profile ? I shoot in RAW. sRGB is set on camera. The problem is that after I open my photo in Photoshop and enable "Proof Colors" (set to ...
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What color profile is being used in PS when Proof Colors is OFF?

What color profile is being used in PhotoShop when Proof Colors is OFF ? I always thought it's system color profile but it turns out it looks very different when I enable Proof Colors to "Monitor ...
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Has anyone tried the ColorHug?

Based on a previous question What cheap colour calibrators are available for Linux? One of the answers was ColorHug (from http://www.hughski.com). This seems quite value for money. Has anyone tested ...
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How does calibration of my monitor affect viewing of my photos on other monitors?

I asked a question about how hardware calibration works. The answer provided was this: These hardware calibration devices work by running a piece of software on the computer that displays a series ...
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Canon Pixma 9000 Mark II With Semi Gloss Paper Settings

So I just recently got a Canon Pixma 9000 Mark II printer and Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19 inch paper. **TLDR: See bolded question at bottom** Before printing with the 13x19 paper, I ...
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Is facebook applying some undetectable color profile or is firefox's color management nonsense?

I've been editing some casual photographs of a party, intending to post them on facebook for my friends to see, and today I uploaded these shots only to find color is horribly off (in firefox, as ...
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Color Management Books for Programmer [closed]

I would like to develop a color management library that converts images for display, handles color profiles, does color proofing etc. So far I found this book: Colour Management: Understanding and ...
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How do I quantify the quality of a scan relative to the original?

For example, I imagine scan quality factors to assess include: color reproduction, scale, optical resolution, etc. Only real comparison I have for what I'm attempting to understand is how a monitor ...
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Why do my sRGB exports from Lightroom look different from RAW files shown in the program even though my monitor can only show sRGB?

I have read tons of docs about color management over the Web, but there is something I can't understand. I have a screen that can only render the RGB color space. It is very well calibrated using ...
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Calibrating monitor for editing photos for publishing on web [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What software shows the most accurate version of a photograph for web viewing? I have a bunch of photos taken in rather difficult lighting conditions and I am trying to ...
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Can I use a Pantone Huey for multiple computers?

Can one device be used to calibrate several PCs? Can the PCs then be used at the same time? Do I need to have the device plugged in during normal use, or once the monitor is calibrated can I ...
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Why do my prints look different from what I see on my computer monitor?

I haven't printed any of my photos yet but I decided to give it a try. I am thinking of getting a printer of my own but before that I wanted to see how they would look. So, I simply printed one at the ...
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Can calibrating my laptop monitor remove the need to buy a better monitor?

I have a rather cheap HP laptop. I use it for retouching my photos. I have experienced a huge difference in final colors between this laptop and a Samsung LCD monitor, which I think is better. To be ...
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How do I calibrate two different monitors to the same whitepoint?

A few days ago I invested in an X-Rite i1 Display 2 colourometer, as per this answer, although I'm having great difficulty getting a Dell U2412M and a Dell E1911 monitor to the same whitepoint. I've ...
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How can I fix a blue colour cast from my Canon i9950 printer?

I have a Canon i9950 with an aftermarket CISS. It used to be fine, but having not used it for a while over Christmas, now all my prints are coming out with a horrible blue cast. I have checked that ...
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What steps to take to match screen to print?

I don't print a TON of my photos, but when I do it's because it's really important to me. I've got a MacBook Pro attached to a Samsung 2300 display and an HP Photosmart 7760 printer. I typically use ...
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Why would a photo that is black and white print in color?

I'm using Lightroom 2 and have an Epson Artisan 730. I'm trying to print this one photo, but the weird part is that I've made it black and white in Lightroom, but when I print it, it comes out with ...
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Will a firmware update/change erase Canon's service center lens calibration settings?

Since it's pretty cheap in Korea, I sent all my prime lenses and my new Canon 60D to be calibrated at the local Canon service center so they can be "matched" to the body. If I install a newer updated ...
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Does embedding an ICC profile into an image actually embed the entirety of that profile into an image?

This is very much a imaging question, but Photography looked like the best site to ask. I've been reading information about ICC, color spaces, JPEG metadata, and the like trying to understand this. ...
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My pictures are never printed. Is there any point in buying a better monitor?

My monitor is pretty cheap and its colours are horribly dependent on the viewing angle, the moon and whatnot. I could edit my pictures on my old CRT, but its contrast and sharpness are quite bad. On ...
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Which color settings to chose in Photoshop and Aperture with an Epson SPR2880 printer

My workflow consists of importing photos into Apple Aperture, where I do most of my editing. Sometimes, I edit the photo in Photoshop. Aperture can automatically create a .psd file based on my edited ...
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How can I ensure true representation of colors on a TV screen?

I have a 55-inch Led TV that I would like to use to see my photos. How can I set the colors so that the image displayed matches as close as possible the true colors of the photo?
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How do I work with color profiles in Windows and Photoshop to get the correct saturation and appearance?

For some reason photos look desaturated in my Photoshop CS5 compared to other viewers such as FastStone (with CMS enabled). I switched to Dell U2410 monitor recently. ICM that came with it is set as ...
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Should I perform the final color space conversion before or after final sharpening of an image?

When preparing an image for the web (or other media), the last two steps is usually to resize the image to the desired resolution and sharpen it at that resolution. However, when working in a ...
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Why don't you need to calibrate a camera's LCD screen?

I saw this question from Leon Neal on Twitter a while back: If a computer screen needs constant calibration and checks, how come the screens on our cameras lack that facility? I can think of a ...
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Why doesn't Aperture show black as black?

Aperture seems to be displaying my images brighter than they actually are -- this makes colors seem washed out and makes it very difficult to accurately adjust the black point and other exposure ...
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What's the best way to calibrate my wide-gamut display used with two different computer systems?

I have a Dell U2410 monitor hooked up to two computers: a Windows machine via HDMI, and my MacBook Pro (running Lion) via DisplayPort. The output from Windows is great: colours are true and text is ...
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How to calibrate Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 screen? [closed]

Is there a way to calibrate the screen of a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (an Android tablet)? Apparently most tablets have a bad color reproduction, but I could not find any way to fix it. I own a Datacolor ...