Different devices, like printers and monitors, display color
in widely different ways and there are broad differences in the
spectrum of color they can represent. These characteristics are
known as "color spaces". The consequences of these differences
to the graphics workflow in short is that what you see on a monitor
is different from what comes out of a printer. Colors shift, sometimes
looking completely different than intended. Matching specific
colors is difficult if not impossible without some way to pull
it all together.
A color management system works by
profiling the color space of each input and output device
and then, by using Colorsync as common ground and these
profiles as a guide, the computer can make adjustments
to compensate for the characteristics of each devise.
In this way it can achieve, to a small degree of variation,
the desired representations of color. This is called
"Predictable Reliability". What you see
on the monitor will match what comes out of your printer
and what comes out of one printer will match what comes
out of the other. Even devices in remote locations,
like the proofing device at your printer, can be profiled
so that you can get predictable results and even "soft proof
" right at your workstation. In fact
your printer may already have profiles done. All you may
need to do is ask for them.
The Benefits Are:
- Time savings due to fewer corrections
and re-prints, better control over design process
- Better quality through accurate
- Much less wasted materials (ink,
- Fewer out-sourced color comps
- More client satisfaction - they'll
see in a proof what they ' ll get in the final.
In short, improved overall quality,
efficiency and consistency of work. These goals, once
illusive, are now readily obtainable to any agency that
is willing the make the commitment.
with system 8.6 or better are required. Relatively new
monitors are also required. As a general rule monitors
with over 5000 hours (about 3 years old) are considered
too degraded for our needs. Printers will have to be
periodically re-profiled and monitors periodically re-calibrated.
We can teach one of your staff to do this or we can
provide that service on an ongoing basis. Consistency
is also important. Changes in ambient light, colored
light reflective surfaces, replacement paper, inks and
toners will all play a role in your end results. Even
changes in humidity can effect color output, particularly
with laser printers.