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About Color Management and Professional Digital Photo Printing
Professional digital photo printing uses color management systems to provide consistent and accurate image characteristics in print reproductions. Digital color management is a very complex concept, but if basic methods of file management are followed throughout the digital photo processing and printing workflow, the print output results will be accurate with the digital camera capture.
Digital photo files are embedded with precise definitions for every characteristic of the photo image. These definitions are called color profiles. Color profiles define how software systems and hardware devices handle and reproduce color and other image characteristics such as brightness and contrast.
When you take a photo with your digital camera, every part of the image is defined with the camera’s color profile setting. It is then the job of color management software and settings to be sure all those image capture characteristics are processed and printed accurately.
Usually, after downloading a digital photo file from the camera, the next step would be to open that photo file in an image editing software like Photoshop for digital photo processing and possible enhancements. To be sure you are viewing the actual photo accurately, the image editing software must have color management policies enabled or you may be viewing the photo with some default display color profile. You should also be using a monitor that has been calibrated and profiled or any digital processing or enhancements made may not be displayed correctly.
The working space color profile of the image editing software should be the same color profile as used by the digital camera for the most accurate display. Software conversion of color profiles is possible but for the most consistent workflow, it is best to use the same profile from capture to print. if your image editing software has a soft proofing feature available, you should also enable this feature with the same color profile as used with the digital camera.
After you have finished any digital photo processing and enhancements, the next and most important step, is to utilize specific color management for professional digital photo printing results. Professional photo printing involves the merger of the photo’s embedded color profile, the color definition characteristics of the digital printer inks used and the specific type of print media used. Professional color management software takes into account the specific characteristics and definitions of all three variables in the digital photo printing equation and produces digital photo prints that reproduce the precise image that was originally captured by the digital camera.
We utilize and completely reply on highly advanced color management software included in our RIP software (raster image processing), for accurate and precise professional digital photo printing. All of our digital photo processing and printing systems, including high resolution monitors and image editing software, employ full color management and color profiling features that are state of the art.