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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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How do I color calibrate a printer?

I know there are devices for calibrating monitors and I've heard of similar devices being used for printers, but how does that process work? What does the device do with the printer to calibrate it? ...
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Multiple Monitors Seperate Color Profiles?

I have a huey color one and i can only color calibrate one monitor with one color profile. How do you save different color profiles for each monitor? My computer runs on Windows 7 and i use 2 ...
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Are the colors in these pictures from retouching or color correction?

I was wondering the way of getting this kind of effect (colors) http://www.flickr.com/photos/malinthepix/5729985347/in/photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/malinthepix/5384563043/in/photostream ...
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What are the statistics on users posting photos to the web with a color profile embedded?

I am coming from StackOverflow, from this question specifically: How to stop GD2 from washing away the colors upon resizing images? Summary: I have a photo gallery website on which the image resizing ...
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Do all monitors do (or need) calibration?

I need to buy a new monitor and I do not want to spend hours calibrating. I have an Apple pro laptop and I use Adobe Photoshop. Do all monitors do calibration? I was told that the Apple monitor does ...
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Does Color Eyes Display Pro have advantages over the software that came with my colorimeter?

I would like to know if there are any advantages to using this calibration software package instead of the ones that came with my colorimeter (a Spyder 2 Express)? I've read a number of reviews ...
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Why not use a camera as a colorimeter?

Clearly to achieve reliable results, it is essential to calibrate key parts of the imaging pipeline - particularly the computer display on which images are edited. Few seem to question the ...
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Laser Printers: Widest Pantone Gamut?

Which laser printer models have the widest Pantone color gamut? -- old or new models are acceptable.
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How many colors and shades can the human eye distinguish in a single scene?

How many distinct colors, shades, hues, and tints can the average person distinguish in a single scene? In other words, what's the theoretical bit-depth required to be sure of recording a photograph ...
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Why isn't the xvYCC color space seeing uptake for still photography?

For the last fifteen years, sRGB has been the primary standard for computer monitors (and for consumer-level printing). That's changing now, as wider-gamut LED-backlit monitors become common. Usually, ...
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Do ICC profiles support for different color characteristics for different parts of the image (i.e. near the edges)?

I believe ICC profiles are mostly used for color equalization; and I wonder whether they can be used to correct spatial differences within the images (e.g. vignetting). I would like to know if the ...
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What should I consider when designing my physical environment for photo editing?

I am in the process of building a controlled environment in which to edit photos. Other questions have addressed the gamut, the monitor and color calibration, but for the most accurate display of ...
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What is colour profile and how does one go about it in a digital workflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are Color Profiles and where would I find information on using them properly? I've seen choices either sRGB and AdobeRGB in my camera and a whole plethora more in ...
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How can I know the color capabilities of my monitors?

I've read around a lot on the whole color-management thing. Gamut. Calibration... How can I know what my monitor is capable of? At home I have a Samsung 220wm and at work I have some older IBM ...
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Photo printers that don't need calibration?

I am looking for a new photo printer, something in the price range of Canon PIXMA Pro9000/9500 Mark II or Epson Stylus Photo 1400/R2880. If I am using papers and colour profiles provided by the ...
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Where can I find good test image(s) to send to a print lab?

I am looking for a good test image to send to a print lab, to test my system's color calibration. I'll be sending my own photos too, of course, but I would also like to include one or two test images ...
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Do monitor calibration tools adjust screen brightness too?

I recently had an online lab print some of my photos and they all came out far darker than I was seeing them on my monitor. They also sent me a calibration print which I could compare to the same ...
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How can I validate my monitor's color calibration?

I just finished re-calibrating my display using ArgyllCMS and my Pantone Huey, and I would like to validate somehow that I've done it correctly. How can I do so simply, without buying more stuff? ...
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How to estimate colour temperature of the illuminant from a photograph of a standard colour chart?

I am working on a digital still camera. I need to compute the colour temperature of the illuminant programmatically using some algorithm (not using a third party tool from Adobe or etc.). In my case ...
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How do I get Spyder3Express to work on a Mac OS X dual screen setup?

I've heard that Spyder3Express applies one calibrated colour profiles on multiple screens, hence they try to get you to upgrade to the Pro version and twice the price for that pleasure. Can owners ...
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What cheap colour calibrators are available for Linux?

I have several computers (at work, at home, laptops, etc.) that all display my photos differently. Alas, it's time to get a colour calibration device — but which to choose? I am no professional, so ...
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After monitor calibration colors on my two monitors are still different, why?

I have a pair of pretty nice monitors (HP ZR30w) which I calibrated with a pretty good calibrator (i1-Pro) and after I calibrated both they still show colors every so slightly differently. My left ...
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Soft 24-105L images

I'm getting a huge number of very soft images from my 24-105L using a 40D and I'm wondering if calibration would help. I can't micro adjust on the 40D itself. I have also yet to get around to setting ...
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What white point temperature should I set my LCD monitor to?

I've got the Xrite Eye One Display 2, and tried the advanced calibration today for the first time. It asked what white point I wanted, and had a default of 6500K. I didn't realize that was up for ...
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Vibrant colors in pictures

what are the settings on my camera that I should be concentrating on getting vibrant colors in my pics. I sure can take a picture in RAW and play with it in photoshop and get all I want, but I'm ...
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How can I ensure proper color rendition with browsers on wide gamut displays?

When editing for the web, everyone will recommend you to use sRGB, since a lot of browsers don't offer color management, and most browsers will interpret all images as being sRGB anyway. This is ...
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What colour space to use when printing digital photos?

As is customary with preparing images for print in a magazine or newspaper, I convert my digital photos from RGB to CMYK before inserting into my publishing application. However, when I'm printing ...
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Why doesn't Lightroom offer conversion from RGB to CMYK?

I have never fully understood why Lightroom works exclusively in the RGB colour space. I would assume that a large number of Lightroom users use the software to prepare their photos for print. Yet, I ...
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Color Management and screen standby

I've calibrated my notebook-Display using a Spyder3 pro. The strange thing: when the notebook display goes blank for video standby and I wake it up by pressing a key or moving the mouse, for a second ...
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What color calibration tool should I use to step up past my spyder 2?

I'm currently using a spyder 2 for my color calibration needs. I see a variety of other color calibration products out there on the market, and am having trouble finding a review of many of these ...
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MacHood Cinema Display Hood in US?

I've been trying to find a decent monitor hood for my Apple CinemaDisplay 30", as the only place I am able to use my computer at the moment is a fairly brightly lit (during the day) area of my home. I ...
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Love these colors/style - tips on achieving the same look?

I'm looking for some advice on achieving the look this photographer has: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yosigo/4670815511/ I love the style and tones of everything. Wondering what sort of thing, both ...
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What are Color Profiles and where would I find information on using them properly?

I see the term "Color Profile" a lot and I have this vague idea that it helps you adjust color values based on the unique differences of both cameras, displays and printers from some ideal device. ...
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What is the best equipment for a good (semi-)professional color management?

I actually use a GretaMacbeth ColorChecker 24 to be able to produce .dng and have a good color checking. Now it is time to reach a better result, taking in to account a better calibration of the ...
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Why are my Lightroom exports too dark in Flickr?

I've been using LR3 for a while now and have noticed that when I export a photo to JPG and upload it to Flickr it ends up slightly darker. The exported photo is ok, it's the image when viewed through ...
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What are the recommendations for getting best color matching when using a photolab?

So I want to use one of the many online printer photolabs to send my photos to and have them print them and send them back. What is the best way to make sure the colors I see on my monitor match what ...
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What workflow will preserve color accuracy?

My current workflow as regards color spaces is this: Shoot in Adobe98 colorspace in RAW. Process on a calibrated Mac monitor (I believe that the gamma is 2.2) using Lightroom Produce jpgs in sRGB ...
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Camera with good linear light response for photometric accuracy?

I want to photograph rooms and spaces indoors, and covered areas outdoors, and get good measurements of illumination. Light sources will be sun, sky, and artificial. Another use is to photograph ...
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What should I look for in a monitor for photo processing?

What aspects should one keep in mind when choosing monitor for photo processing? What about color gamut, panel types, input types, requirements for video card, different gammas, refresh rate, angle of ...
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Correcting output from Bibble 5 Lite

Bibble 5 Lite only allows output in Kodak ProPhoto RGB, which quite a few applications do not represent correctly (esp. when uploading to web services). AFAIK, Bibble 5 Lite is hard-coded only to ...
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How to calibrate a printer and monitor if neither are very good?

If I have a mediocre monitor, and a reasonable but not fantastic printer, what are my options for getting a good photo print? Printer ink is not cheap, and I usually do not have the patience or ...
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Are there any good tools to figure out the correct gamma corrections for equal appearence?

Every display device has a different characteristic in regards of how the colours are shown. This can be adjusted by the gamma correction. Are there any good tools that help with finding the right ...