Color Management Professional Photography
The Color Management Professional Photography course is designed for those seeking to understand how to properly color manage digital media through a photographic imaging workflow. CMP Fundamentals is a recommended prerequisite, as the learner should be familiar with basic color theory, graphic communication workflows and print production processes.
Who Should Enroll: Photographic workflow, creative production, and retouching professionals
Shellie Hall, Ducktype Digital
Dennis Dunbar, Dennis Dunbar & Assoc
Kevin DePalmer, Gamma Graphix Inc.
Lesson #1: Assessing Content
- Description of image workflow from raw capture (or scan) to viewing on screen, into image editing applications, to in-house output (inkjet) to file delivery.
- What is being delivered RGB vs. CMYK ?
- Assessing what hardware devices the photographer has and determining if they are adequate?
- Address profiling for the devices
- Determining what hardware is necessary for profiling these devices.
- Deciding on a profile strategy.
Lesson #2: Monitor Profiling
- Differences in types of displays - LCD, CRT, etc., including differences between graphics LCD displays (with on-board LUT) and non-graphics lcd displays.
- Setting gamma, white point, and luminance.
- How the environment affects calibration options and adjusting for them.
- Building the profile.
- Verifying the profile.
- Quality control and trending for display.
Lesson #3: Creating Profiles for Digital Cameras
- When to profile the camera
- Hardware and software needed.
- Step by step how to profile in studio – controlled environment.
- Steps to verify the profiles.
- Factors that affect accuracy
- In a non-controlled environment, determining if the built in profile is valid
Lesson #4: Color Management for Digital Images
- Handling camera raw files
- Raw Converters - what you need to know
- Workflow options: RGB vs. CMYK
- Color Management as it relates to digital image specifications
Lesson #5: Defining Workflow and Application Configuration
- Determination of final destination as early possible in the design/production process.
- Communicating with the respective parties to help determine software application setups.
- Establishing standards to follow Gracol7/SWOP or custom setups.
- Use of .csf files for Adobe applications.
- Proper setup for Quark Xpress.
- Softproofing procedures.
- Lighting for guide print evaluation.
Lesson 6. Guide Print Establishment for Photo Workflow
- Definition of the cross rendered guide print.
- How inks, lighting and paper effect the accuracy of the guide print.
- Proofing to a Gracol7/ SWOP or custom profile and how to determine which to use.
- Determination of RGB or CMYK files for proofing with tools available to photographers.
- Printing with a RIP or a driver.
- Setting up the workflow (i.e. Photoshop or Indesign driver settings)to create an accurate cross rendered guide print.
- Reinforcement of the need to communicate with the Designer/Printer to assure success.
- Proper assessment and lighting of guide print.
- Identification of guide print restrictions and use for design and print production.