Managing color for display, input, and output

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You may find that the colors displayed on your monitor don’t match the colors of a scanned image or of a printer’s output. Color management lets you reproduce colors accurately by using color profiles and by correcting colors for display.

In this section, you’ll learn about

• working with color profiles

• choosing advanced color management  settings

• correcting colors for display

Working with color profiles

A color management  system helps you achieve accurate colors across a variety of devices consistently. The first stage in setting up your color management  system is to choose color profiles for your monitor and each of the devices you use, such as scanners, digital cameras, and printers.

Understanding color management

Each device has a range of colors, or color space, that it uses. For example, a monitor displays a different set of colors than a printer reproduces. So, you may see some colors on the screen that cannot be printed. You can use a color management system to translate colors from one device to another. Color profiles define the color space for your monitor and for the input and output devices you use.

Choosing color profiles

Different brands and models of monitors, scanners, digital cameras, and printers have different color spaces and thus require different color profiles. Some widely used profiles are installed with your application.

Standard ICC (International Color Consortium) color profiles are used in your application. You can choose color profiles for the following:

• monitor

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• scanner/digital camera

• composite printer

• separations printer

• internal RGB color space

Obtaining additional color profiles

If you need additional profiles or updates, you can get them from the application CD, or you can download them. You can access other color profiles. For more information, see “To copy a color profile from the CD” on page 386 and “To download a color profile” on page 387.

To choose a color profile

Click Tools ` Color management.

Click a profile name under one of the following icons:

Scanner/digital camera
Separations printer

Monitor

Composite printer

Internal RGB

Choose a profile from the list box.

To copy a color profile from the CD

Click Tools ` Color management.

Below a device icon, click a color profile list box, and choose Get profile from disk.

Insert the application CD.

In the Browse for folder dialog box, choose the folder where the profiles are located.

You may want to load color profiles that you have stored on a network or on your hard disk.

In the Install from disk dialog box, choose the color profile you want to copy.

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Click Choose.