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What is colour management and why would i use it

Colour management is the means of ensuring colour consistency throughout a large format, digital colour printing solution – from scanner or digital camera to the computer monitor and printer. Each component in the solution works within its own colour space and gamut producing colour that is device dependant. That is, if you scan a photograph of a magenta hat, the scanner would represent the magenta with a certain set of data. Then when it was displayed on a monitor, the magenta would be represented by another set of data. Subsequently both magenta values would appear to be of different hues. Finally, when you printed the image on a colour printer, a third set of data would be used to represent the magenta and a third hue would appear.

Colour management translates these device dependant colours in to a common visual language that can be used at all stage of print production with the assurance of predictable colour reproduction. It corrects for differences in device-specific colour so that the image on your monitor can be trusted to match its source.

The characteristics of a good colour management system are that:

Why Would I Need Colour Management

You probably don’t need to worry about colour management if:

You will need to consider using colour management if you need to make digital images (from digital cameras or scanners) for reproduction, if you need to make high quality prints from digital images or simply want to get the most out of your equipment.

Most RIP software includes a built-in colour management system, normally consisting of two primary components: