next chapter covers the usage and set up of Photoshop.
While the chapter is a little short in relation to other
sections in the book it does cover much of what you need
to know about the color management features in Photoshop.
I was left with the feeling that much was left unsaid but
decided to move on to the next few chapters and see what
Tim had to say about the technology you can use in your
color management process.
first chapter in this section discusses display technologies
and how important your selection of monitor type and
display adapter really is. The chapter discusses factors
like brightness and contrast and setting your white point.
The coverage also includes the different tools available
for calibrating your monitor and the differences between
the various tools. The last part of this chapter discusses
the environmental concerns affecting your color management
workflow including items such as lighting conditions
in your workspace, available room color, light and the
use of a monitor hood.
next chapter covers scanning technologies and the different
factors affecting your search for the ideal scanner.
Important considerations like dynamic range, resolution
and bit depth are discussed along with the methods for
setting up your scanner profile. Again this chapter briefly
covers much of what you need to know but doesn't mire
you in unnecessary details.
Digital Capture chapter covers the use of digital camera
technology in your workflow. Coverage includes the features
to consider in your selection of the ideal digital camera,
setting up the camera with consideration placed on white
balance, file type, capture modes, color space selection
and resolution. Again here the importance of color profiling
is heavily emphasized with a cursory look at the different
software available for image handling and conversion
and the importance of camera RAW in this process. This
section does a good job of covering the basics of the
technology involved in the process but doesn't attempt
to explain every variation you may encounter.
next chapter in Color Confidence covers the process of
post-capture optimization. This process is important
as it helps to ensure that the image you display and
output has the most fidelity with respect to the image
you intended to capture. There are several methods for
achieving this and among those discussed are memory color,
saturation based, color balance and neutral balancing.
The chapter also does a good job of taking a look at
black & white images, an important detail because
many printers add a color cast to B&W images which
often require time consuming adjustments to eliminate.
The author also revisits Photoshop and discusses several
techniques for non-destructive editing and provides tips
on the best methods for adjusting and saving your files.
penultimate chapter deals with the final step in the
color management workflow process: Output. The coverage
ranges from choosing an output device, selecting and
creating printer profiles, softproofing (previewing your
output) and refining your output. It also intelligently
discusses the pitfalls of image mismatching. My favorite
example was the common pitfall of "chasing the print" whereby
a user keeps adjusting the print because it looks wrong,
ending in a file which may work well on one system but
not on any other. The chapter also briefly covers output
for display and web-based solutions.
last chapter is quite short and talks about the workflow
process, it is a little cursory and takes a point form
approach to the subject. It is in essence a recap of
much of what has gone before but could be used as a basis
for a checklist.
of the subjects could have benefited from more in-depth
coverage. Not really a con, but after reading this book
you will want to got out and spend some money on some
very necessary hardware.
coverage of the concepts and process of color management.
Excellent examples illustrate the issues being discussed
and the language used makes no attempt to lose the user
in technical-ese. I highly recommend this book. Tim Grey
does an excellent job of covering the issues at hand
and tackles the issues surrounding color management in
a manner which makes it easy to follow. If you are a
photographer who wants to have control over your workflow
and also wish to have consistency in your output, Color
Confidence is a great primer.