Questions tagged [color-management]

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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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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What cheap colour calibrators are available for Linux?

I have several computers (at work, at home, laptops, etc.) that all display my photos differently. So, it's time to get a colour calibration device — but which to choose? I am no professional, so ...
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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 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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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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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? (I'...
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How to apply color management to the Windows 7 mouse cursor?

I have been using the Sypder 3 colorimiter and Datacolor Spyder3Elite software to calibrate my screen for several years now. The Sypder3 does wonders, and really improves the quality of my on-screen ...
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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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How do color spaces like sRGB and Adobe RGB overlap?

Is sRGB included in Adobe RGB, and Adobe RGB included in ProPhoto RGB? Meaning that a photo in a "lower space" will look like exactly the same in a "higher space", e.g. a sRGB photo will look like ...
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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 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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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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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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What is the purpose of gamma correction in today's screens and how does it relate to graphics and photography?

I am getting quite confused with the purpose of gamma correction and the relationship between gamma corrected and uncorrected images in terms of graphics and photography as well as color management in ...
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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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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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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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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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What software shows the most accurate version of a photograph for web viewing?

I have a photo (photo_A.jpg), taken on a post-sunset beach, for which I want to reduce some noise. I do so using the luminance noise reduction technique from Adobe Camera Raw, open the image in ...
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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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How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?

I'm a casual photographer with an APS-C camera (Pentax K-5) and a set of proper lenses. Someone asked me if I could photograph his oil paintings for a catalog. It's a low priority job to him, he just ...
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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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Hardware calibration for Eizo Monitor on Linux / Ubuntu without ColorNavigator?

I have a monitor that supports hardware calibration (Eizo CG223w). Eizo offers a tool called ColorNavigator to get the calibration done. Unfortunately ColorNavigator does not support Linux and I'm ...
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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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How to find the color profile/space used by a photo?

Some of my photos look different because I was not careful with saving with or without color profile. Now I would like to be able to find out what color profile is used by an image. Is there a simple ...
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Viewers that output to 30-bit monitors?

I'm having trouble finding applications that output to 30-bit monitors. Part of the problem is inconsistent terminology, as some say 30-bit color, or 10-bit color (as in 10-bits per component) or deep ...
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What is the actual color space of film in film photography?

I have been thinking about this question for a while now, and I haven't found an answer online. Modern technology (scanners, screens, digital cameras, printers...) use technical color spaces to ...
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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 for ...
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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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If I assign a profile to my monitor in Gnome Color Manager, should I also enable that profile in Gimp?

I finally got around to using dispcalGUI to profile my monitor under Linux. Now, having assigned that profile system-wide using Gnome Color Manager (or the Xfce Color settings dialog), there's a ...
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How do you use Kodak Color Control Patches for photo color/tone restoration?

If you look at a source like Library of Congress royalty free gallery, they go an extra step beyond just dumping a bunch of images, but provide them with Kodak Color Control Patches. This is nice, ...
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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 few ...
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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 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 can't one calibrate a monitor with a DSLR & a color chart?

The idea is simple: Take a RAW photo of a real color chart outside to get a white point of D65. Use that to get an accurate color correction matrix for the camera sensor. Use the same camera to take ...
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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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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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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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How to choose a good external monitor for photo editing

I have a 13 inch macbook pro and its about the only computer I own. I'm very much into photography these days and the small 13" screen somehow doesn't feel adequate to get a real feel of the photos. ...
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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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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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How are ‘stills’ lenses calibrated differently to ‘motion picture’ lenses?

I was watching this promo video about the new Sony PMW-F3 and one of the DOPs mentioned that stills and motion picture lenses are calibrated differently. This is around the 4 minute mark in the video. ...
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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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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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Is there an automated way of color correcting using a color card in Capture One?

With the X-Rite Colorchecker Passport and their accompanying software, it's really simple to generate a DNG profile to get perfectly accurate colors in Lightroom. I want to know if there's a ...
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Trying to have prints match closely to a monitor?

I currently have an inexpensive 4k Seiki tv as a monitor. I recently have sent prints to Costco and the color and brightness are way off. Do I need to buy a photo editing monitor if I want to get the ...
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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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Xrite Colorchecker color specifications and 18% reflectance gray card

I have a Xrite Colorchecker Classic: Where to find the color specifications for each square (either in CMJN or any other format)? Let's say I want to develop my own open-source color correction ...
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Can I refill a printer's gray tank with a completely different color to increase color gamut?

Setup: Epson 3880 3rd party refillable cartridges Colormunki Photo Just thinking creatively here. Is it possible to replace an ink color in an Epson 3880 with a completely different color in order ...
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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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