Colour Management

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Expert Introductions to...

Published: Tuesday 19th October 2010

Categories: Colour Management, Consultancy, Monitors, Photography, Profiling, Training

I mentioned last week that we're now offering great training opportunities.

Well, I'm pleased to report that we have our first course offering three bite-sized modules! Topics will cover an introduction to the key areas of colour management and digital imaging - with the intention of sharpening your skills and helping you gain a better understanding.

Three 30 minute sessions will cover:

Light & Shade - Ever wondered how can you create the optimum physical environment to capture that perfect image, or whether you can accurately match what you see on-screen to what you print? Both answers will probably involve a consistent light source, or perhaps something like a PChOOD addition to correctly configure your monitor.
Profiles and Colour - We'll overview the basics of this important subject - specifically, just what is a 'profile' exactly? How should you use them? What is the difference between sRGB and Adobe RGB - and when should you u...


The Importance of Monitor Calibration

Published: Wednesday 20th April 2011

Categories: Calibration, Color Confidence, Colour Management, Monitors, The technical stuff

If you're not a subscriber to our emails, you'll have missed the link to our latest - and new style! - article about the importance of effective monitor calibration. To give you a taster, here's an extract about how to do it...

The great thing about monitor calibration is how quick and easy it is.

Whether you are a beginner or a professional, the great news is, there's a solution for you and you won't need any technical knowledge at all in order to achieve accurate results.

There are various monitor calibration solutions that you can choose from and although there are small differences between each, the general principles of how to calibrate your monitor with them, are the same:

Step 1 - Run the software that is included with most calibration solutions.


Colour management: an overview

Published: Friday 27th May 2011

Categories: Color Confidence, Colour Management, Profiling, Training

This latest segment of colour confidence blog posts will link to information from our Learning Centre, and hopefully give you an insight into a range of topics you may find a bit puzzling!

First stop is colour management itself; what is it exactly, and why do you need it?

"Have you ever wondered why your digital camera pictures don’t look the same when displayed on your monitor? Or why they look different again when printed out? The answer is that no two devices display colour in the same way. Every device has its own colour range or gamut. Every camera and scanner captures colour differently. Even two
monitors of the same model and type will display slightly different results.

"To keep your colour consistent from device to device, you need colour management. At the heart of colour management is the process of profiling (also known as ICC profiling). By profiling a device, you can ensure it is displaying colour correctly within its capabilities, based on industry standards. Once the profiles are in place, you can make sure colour is reproduced in the same way by all devices – to put it simply, you can get your printer to cre...


Colour management; a few Q&A's

Published: Thursday 2nd June 2011

Categories: Color Confidence, Colour Management, Help, Training

Part 2 of our Learning Centre influenced blog posts follows on from last weeks 'an overview of colour management'.

So, you now hopefully know what colour management is - roughly - but I imagine these have raised a few questions...

We talked about profiling in our previous post, but "how does your system compensate for the differences between profiles?"

"The straight answer to this is that it doesn’t! A monitor does not work to a colourspace rather it attempts to reproduce colour as closely as possible. This is exactly why monitor profiling is so essential. A monitor profile optimises your monitor to only produce colours it is capable of using the known data saved in the profile, thereby not creating colour distortions. Put simply without a monitor calibration device you cannot truly trust your monitor. If you do start  looking at rendering intents I would suggest further reading, however for most photographic work the perceptual rendering intent is suitable."

I've profiled my monitor fine, but there's this new sRGB and Adobe RGB thing, "what's the difference between them and when should they be used?"

"The m...


A view on lighting conditions

Published: Friday 10th June 2011

Categories: Color Confidence, Colour Management, Lighting, Training

Part 3 of our learning themed blogs takes another look at lighting conditions.

All the way back in deepest, darkest December, we blogged about the light in which you view any printed image. Today’s post takes things a little further, and as always, links you to information in our learning centre with a free PDF download should you wish to print it out in full for your own use.

You may wonder why the light in which you view prints is important?


You go to the trouble of setting the correct white point to match the ambient lighting, and use a neutral balance reference for checking white point and exposure when taking the photograph, why not make sure the light in which you view prints is as accurate as possible?

“The light in which you view your prints is crucial.

“It is important to assess images in consistent and correct viewing conditions. The colour of a print will look different from one lighting condition to another. From natural daylight to a fluorescent tube or to tungsten, images can look warm, cool, flatter and less vibrant.

“Daylight (5000°k or D50) is the industry stand...


sRGB or Adobe RGB - that is the question...

Published: Friday 17th June 2011

Categories: Colour Management, Help, The technical stuff

It's one of our most frequently received colour management questions in recent years.

What is the difference between sRGB and Adobe RGB?

Simply put - Adobe RGB defines a larger colour-space than RGB. (The 's' stands for standard). But, how do you choose which format to work in?

The general rule of thumb is that the more you know and understand about colour management as a whole, the more likely it is you'll want to use Adobe RGB to give you that extra control and customisation. Have you been pondering over switching to Adobe RGB? Have a read of our summary below...

The key advantages of Adobe RGB

Colours of a stronger saturation can be defined when working in Adobe RGB. In practical terms - or ink on paper - this means that some colours which use the Cyan - Yellow range of printing inks will not be reproduced to its full intensity as when working in sRGB.
The strongest Cyan printing colour tha...


Welcome to next generation monitor calibration

Published: Tuesday 21st June 2011

Categories: Calibration, Color Confidence, Colour Management, The technical stuff

Introducing the ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro.

The new calibration solutions from X-Rite have arrived. Two new display solutions, two new ways to calibrate your monitor.

If you're into colour management, or a bit of a colour perfectionist, you'll probably already know how important monitor calibration is in the process of achieving accurate colour. The ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro are the latest solutions from X-Rite, and give you a whole-host of new features and capabilities to suit any level - from amateur to professional.

It's fair to say these new systems are very much in the 'new generation' of calibrator, making use of completely new optical system and filter technology. This not only means you get greater repeatability and device longevity, but your state-of-the-art, modern LCD display can be accurately calibrated - even your wide gamut display can benefit.

The two devices giv...


Colour Referencing part 1 - guide types

Published: Thursday 11th August 2011

Categories: Colour Management

Colour selection and reproduction.

Every process can vary, from the colour pigments  used to how they mix and reproduce on different types of media.

Whether a graphic or fashion designer, architect, interior designer or decorator, if the object is to accurately reproduce a chosen colour, a physical colour sample  will be needed from a controlled, reproducible colour system.

This is where the likes of Pantone, RAL and DCS come in.

The above brands produce a variety of reference guides and numerous forms, here we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type:

Fan Guide - corner rivet, fan opens to display 7 or 8 different colours per page.
Compact and easy to select individual colours, but not practical to compare multiple colours within the guide side-by-side.

Chip Book - Ring binder with multiple (normally 6) chips of each colour.
You're able to se...


Brand New For January - Introducing Datacolor Spyder4

Published: Tuesday 3rd January 2012

Categories: Colour Management, Monitor Calibration, Photography

Launched today, we're pleased to announce three brand new monitor calibration devices from Datacolor - the Spyder4 range.

You will probably be familiar with the Datacolor brand, indeed many of you reading this now will more than likely use, or have used a Spyder device to calibrate your screen (By the way, if you're a photographer or graphic designer and aren't calibrating your screen, read our post here to see why you really should be).

The Spyder2 and Spyder3 range quickly established themselves as both 'no-nonsense' devices for accurate monitor calibration, with the option for greater control over the calibration process if required. The Spyder4 series continues this straight-forward, but detailed approach with the latest range.

As before, there are three levels of device tailored to meet the needs of various users. All feature Datacolor's patented 7-colour sensor which improves on the traditional 3-channel RGB sensors found on othe...


New products galore...

Published: Friday 27th April 2012

Categories: Color Confidence, Colour Management, X-Rite

As mentioned last week, we've had a host of brand new products to add recently and this week is no exception.
PANTONE have this week released 336 brand-new Pantone colours, meaning you now have 1,677 colourful ways to drive your inspiration.

For those of you new to Pantone - their colour matching systems are widely recognised as the industry standard way to communicate, specify and match colours. Particularly suited to the design and print industry, Pantone colours give the user a visual and code colour reference, enabling them to reproduce and demonstrate to clients accurately.

336 new Plus Series colours now give you even more choice and references to use. If you have or use the Pantone Plus Series already, you can get the new colours as supplements to add to your references complimenting your existing metallic, neon, pastel and process colours.

Learn about the range in Pantone's below video, then see them for yourself on our website here.


X-Rite have also been busy launching the new i1Pro 2 device.

Based upon the success of X-Rite's i1Pro series, i1Pro 2 features next ...


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