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Color Management

Monitor Calibration and Profiling Article


I just wrapped up work on Part 2 of my Color Management Primer for digital photographers on Photo.net. This article walks you through the in’s and out’s of monitor selection and calibration.

Part 1 provides a foundational overview of color management and its role in a digital photography workflow.

Part 3 will help you configure the color settings in popular applications like Lightroom and Photoshop. Part 4 helps you apply color management to your print workflow to help your prints match your monitor every time.


2 comments for “Monitor Calibration and Profiling Article”

  1. Hi, Read your full articles, and would like to ask you a question.

    I have an HP officejet J6410 and unfortunately this does not come with the option to turn off color management. I have two options in the printer dialogue for Colorsmart or Adobe RGB. What settings should I leave on Photoshop CS3 with regards to colour management? Let PS do colour management and set printer to Adobe RGB or turn off colour management in PS? It seems that the latter is not the correct option. Will the color management in PS override all commands of the printer dialogue box?


    Posted by Emann Aquilina | March 5, 2010, 1:51 am
  2. Emann,

    Thanks for your comment. I’d recommend using Adobe 1998 as your primary color space in PS. Then, when printing, select “printer manages color” in Photoshop’s print dialog and selecting “Adobe 1998” in the printer dialog. Your printer will automatically perform a conversion from Adobe 1998 to the printer profile.

    Best of luck with your printing!

    Posted by jay | March 5, 2010, 8:02 am

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