Thursday, July 30, 2009

Color Management for Photographers: Hands on techniques for Photoshop users

Color Management for Photographers:
Hands on techniques for Photoshop users
Andrew Rodney | 978-0-240-80649-5| PDF | 30mb

Other than the promise of fame and fortune? Truth be told, I had to be
convinced by some very persuasive friends and colleagues to undertake
such a project. In the end, I decided to write a book for those people who
felt that color management was too difficult—in other words, a very large
audience. There are a number of excellent books on the subject of color
management; some written by good friends! I wanted to write a book,
with a number of self-paced tutorials, to help readers not only understand
how a process works but what buttons to press.
My analogy (I am big on analogies, as you will see) was that of
someone who has to learn how to become a good driver. Although it is
not necessary to understand how an internal combustion engine works,
let alone how to rebuild one in order to drive an automobile, having
some familiarity with the mechanics of an automobile can beneficial.
When the battery in your car dies, it is helpful to know where the battery
is located and how to jump-start the vehicle. Mechanics, whether in automotives
or in color management, can’t be totally ignored. There is a fine
line between understanding color theory and simply using the color
management tools available to get acceptable results. This fine balance
became my quest for the Holy Grail of color management in book form,
geared toward those who need to spend the majority of their time getting
actual work accomplished.
My goal in this book is to distill the complexities of color management
as much as possible so that you can get on with creating and printing
images. If you happen to be the kind of person that just has to know
precisely how everything works, you will find a list of excellent resources
on both color management and color theory in the Web Sites listing in
the back of the book. There are many web sites where you’ll find “color
geeks,” as I affectionately like to call them, in endless discussions of how
many ICC profiles can dance on the head of a pin.



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