Making Sense of Color Management


  • Step into the television section of any electronics store, and you’ll see how widely colors can vary from screen to screen. You’ll see how many colors are generated by the exact same red, green, and blue (RGB) values—each TV gets the same digital broadcast, yet there’s a huge range in the displayed images. Color management lets us describe those differences, and correct them.
  • I dug into the guts of color management when I wrote xScope, my development tool for sampling and measuring colors. Back then, I didn’t really understand Photoshop’s mech-anisms for handling color; I went and set some levers, which worked most of the time. But when xScope’s colors appeared one way in Safari and another in Chrome, I didn’t know which controls were responsible. I did know the problem was with color management.
  • If you’ve been in the business awhile, this confusion over color probably sounds familiar, and I began this book as a means to share what I’ve learned in understanding my color issues. In the coming chapters, I’ll run through some experi-ments to show how color works, why colors shift in different environments, and ways to keep those colors consistent.

What you will learn:

  • Get clarity in the tricky endeavor of managing colors from inital desgin to final product.
  • Learn why colors shift, the science behind the human and color profiles.
  • How to set up your imaged editor and development environment for consistent color.
  • Go through every steps of color management.

Who should read this book:

Developers and designers who mostly stumbled through color management. This book will give you deeper and more practical understanding of color management.