Color Management Professional Fundamentals 2.0

 


Color Management Professional Fundamentals 2.0 offers the latest in color theory and applications in color managing a media production workflow. The course provides a strong educational foundation for any technical practitioner interested in a comprehensive understanding of a color managed graphics workflow. 

Who Should Enroll: 
Print and digital media production professionals and managers

Instructor:
David Hunter
Pilot Marketing Group

COURSE LESSONS

1. INTRODUCTION TO COLOR MANAGEMENT

This topic will help you to understand how color managementworks including the concept of gamut and how color management compensates for device differences.

Specific discussion items include:

  • Device Differences and the need for color control
  • Closed Loop color management versus Open (ICC)
  • Achieving an understanding of color management
  • Understand the concepts and terminology of color control

2. COLOR SPACES

This topic will provide an understanding of the concept of color spaces and how they are used in color management.

Specific discussion items include:

  • The difference between subtractive and additive
  • What is Device Independent Color
  • At least three ways to quantify color
  • Understand concepts, terminology of color space
  • How color spaces make profiles work

3. COLOR SCIENCE

This topic will explain how humans perceive color and the factors that can affect color perception.

Specific discussion items include:

  • How to Use CIE L*a*b* to quantify color
  • What three things are necessary to perceive color
  • At least three factors that can affect perception
  • Learn at least two standards that CIE provided
  • Understand terminology related to color science including metamerism

4. COLOR EVALUATION

This topic will help you to understand the variables associated with evaluating color and how to quantify color parameters.

Specific discussion items include:

  • The goal of color reproduction
  • Determining what you are reproducing
  • Understanding the diminishing size of gamuts
  • Two ways to evaluate color
  • How to quantify color differences
  • Understanding terminology of delta E

5. APPLYING CONCEPTS IN PHOTOSHOP

This topic will help you apply the information in topics 1 through 4 into useful Photoshop exercises to solidify your knowledge of color management.

Specific discussion items include:

  • Determine which Profile to Assign in Photoshop
  • Understand how to Use Convert to Profile
  • Three factors that can affect perception
  • Three Color Management limitations

6. COLOR MEASUREMENT

This topic will help you understand the fundamentals of measuring color, the factors that influence the results and how to determine what instruments are best for your needs.

Specific discussion items include:

  • Fundamentals on how color measurement devices work
  • Three different types of color measurement devices
  • Two important reasons for calibration
  • Understand how surface issues affect color measurements
  • Understand how the color of backing materials affects results
  • How to determine what aperture size to use
  • Understand ISO Modes for measurement

7. CALIBRATION AND LINEARIZATION

This topic will allow you to understand the process of linearization and calibration of your color management system.

Specific discussion items include:

  • The definition of “Calibration”
  • Linearization and its relationship to calibration
  • Calibration Metrics and Methodologies
  • The VALUE of calibration in a graphics production workflow

8. PROFILING INTRODUCTION CHARCTERIZATION

This topic will explain how ICC profiles are created for different devices and how to determine the proper variables in configuring devices to accommodate and build these profiles.

Specific discussion items include:

  • Why ICC profiles are used
  • Where ICC profiles come from
  • Where profiles reside in a computer system
  • Two ICC connection spaces
  • Components of a printer profile
  • Four different types of profiles

9. INPUT AND MONITOR PROFILING CHARACTERIZATION

This topic will solidify the importance of calibration and provide practical steps for characterizing input devices and monitors

Specific discussion items include:

  • Two differences between calibration and profiling
  • Three components required for input profiling
  • Tips for profile naming and potential renaming issues
  • Two important choices when selecting the input target
  • At least three choices for selecting your monitor white point

10. OUTPUT PROFILING CHARACTERIZATION

This topic will provide an understanding of the output profiling process and the importance of choosing the correct target.

Specific discussion items include:

  • Two differences between calibration and profiling
  • Three components required for output profiling
  • Three variables which will affect what target to use
  • Four steps in making an output profile
  • Output profile naming conventions

11. CONVERSION APPLYING ICC PROFILES

This topic will provide an understanding of how profile conversions work together to accomplish the goals for the operator and how variables can influence the results.

Specific discussion items include:

  • Learning what conversion entails
  • Learn the components necessary for a conversion including embedded and assigning profiles
  • Understanding the variables of conversion including Color Management Module (CMM) and rendering intents
  • Review assign profile vs. convert to profile
  • Overview on workflow conversions

12. CONFORMANCE

This topic will provide an understanding of the requirements required to make your devices match a standard condition and learn how to ensure your devices maintain this standard condition over time

Specific discussion items include:

  • Define Process Control
  • Review how the other 4 C’s relate to Conformance
  • Determine Target Reference Condition
  • Determine Tolerance
  • Establish Assessment Criteria
  • Establish Device’s Calibrated Condition
  • Assess Viewing conditions
  • Color Troubleshooting Procedures

13. EXAM

Once you have sufficient knowledge of the above material, proceed to the Certification exam (at your own pace).