Applying Color Management

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Introducing color management Choosing Photoshop CS2 color settings Assigning profiles Calibrating your monitor Proofing igital photography costs a lot of money for one that wants to get serious V^^with the craft. There's always the latest digital camera to buy, the next lens in your collection, memory cards, gadgets, and other gizmos. Ah, but there's more to contend with that will draw resources from your wallet!

If you do a lot of printing like I do, you're constantly running to the computer store or getting on to the Web to purchase inkjet cartridges and photo paper. I figure I'm spending at least a dollar per 8x10 print, plus a lot more when I'm printing up to 13x19 inch prints. Printing one series of prints can get quite expensive — and if you're not using a color-managed workflow, your costs can skyrocket.

When adjusting and editing images in Photoshop, you want to make sure that the images you print on your printer match exactly the image you've been viewing on your computer's display. Otherwise, you'll be throwing money out the window every time you make a "test" print that doesn't match, not to mention the level of aggravation you have to put up with during the neverending trial-and-error method of printing. To guarantee your sanity, you need to implement color management, and forever say goodbye to the expensive trial-and-error method of printing. As a bonus, you can buy some more of those gizmos with the money you'll save in ink and paper.

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