Saturday, July 25, 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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