I have been avoiding this topic for years but can no longer do so now that I am determined to print out my work. I have had a series of disasters and I know it is the result of ignorance in this area. Can anyone recommend a decent book on digital colour management (ie. how to try to get original image from a to z (monitor, PS manipulaton and off to printer) and end up with something at least recognizable (laughing. Yes, disasters!) I would appreciate something geared for those who know nothing whatsoever ie. the most basic possible. I find this topic extremely difficult to grasp but am prepared to put in whatever time it takes to try to at least have a clue and I think a text book (rather than web links) would be helpful. Any recommendations much appreciated. Santa left a few dollars under the tree and I will use them to educate myself.
A few to try out:
Gary Ballard's excellent color management tutorials: http://www.gballard.net/psd.html
Practical Colour Management Guide: http://www.colourcollective.co.uk/uk/products/practical-colour-managem ent-guide/ The PDF is free.
You don't need to understand colour management to use it correctly no more than you need to understand the innards of a computer or a car to use or drive. All you really need is to know how to do it in practice.
I think Ian Lyons web tutorials are excellent, very well laid out and giving exact instructions on what to do without an overload of theory, which is actually pretty complex in this case. It was enough for me to learn how to make a decent print with an inkjet printer with Photoshop 6 some years ago now.
So although you said you don't want web links, maybe have a look at the following tutorial, as it should give you everything you need to make a good print. You've not mentioned which version of PS you are using so if you are not using CS6, look around the site as there are tutorials on earlier versions.
If you still want a book, then Martin Evening's Photoshop books tend to cover most of what most people need to know about colour managment to practically use it.
Sorry, Clint, didn't know how to mark you as "correct" too. Thanks to both of you for all of the good information, I have bookmarked this and will return to it. I have printed out both the free pdf and the web tutorial as a place to start. I also tried Amazon but was distracted by the comments in the reviews. I was also getting distracted by references for hard calibration tools. When I owned a PC, I had a Spyder but it didn't work when I switched to Mac. I didn't bother trying to find out if I could make it work, I just chucked it. I wanted a magic bullet that would just make it all come together. Will go slower this time, do my reading and figure out where to go from there re the hardware.
Again, thank you. I needed some place to start. I just bought a new printer and have vowed that this will be the year I print my stuff out.
Well if you mark other answers as helpful,at least others who have correctly answered get 5 points.
I don't know if there are professionals in your area willing to custom calibrate your system,but depending on rates and if you earn a living from your prints,it might be a viable option.
I didn't know you got points for it. Happy to say I don't make a living from it; otherwise I would be starving Just thinking I have finally hit the point where I would like to frame a few bits and pieces of my stuff and I need to get to the bottom of why I am not getting decent results. I expect a lot of experimentation and work ahead but also expect I will be happier than I am now.
The Real World series seems to have stopped at CS5. Nothing newer shows on Amazon. It is a brilliant series of books for sure.
However, Jeff Schewe has authored a new book on the lines of the Camera Raw books called The Digital Negative. Excellent book as usual, pretty much rewritten. I bought it to bring myself up to scratch with ACR 7 and ended up buying Lightroom as a result.
Interestingly, according to Amazon, Jeff has a new book coming out in April 2013 called The Digital Print: Preparing Images in Photoshop and Lightroom. This would very likely be just what the OP is looking for.
Sorry, Clint, didn't know how to mark you as "correct" too.
No worries. I'm not gathering points. I just returned to the Adobe Forums recently after my Mac caught the PSCS6 has suddenly become a trial edition of PSCS6 Extended bug and have been keeping an eye on developments.
Not to drag this thread on but just to say, late last night I started reading the first few chapters of the Practical Colour Management Guide (Brits--first thing I loved was that they bought an extra vowel. I can relate.) Wrong time of day to start but I was not going to let one more day go by without at least trying to "get" this stuff. Found myself ten pages in and still wanting to read more by the time it was time to go to bed. First thing this morning, started up again. Don't get me wrong. I would still prefer a rip snorting murder mystery or a decent novel but this is actually comprehensible. I am laughing out loud when I read some of this stuff, mainly because I now see where I went hideously wrong when I decided to muck with rendering intents. For the first time in my life I think I understand gamut. Even better, for the first time in my life I think I might actually be able to rig up a semi intelligent workflow. Yeah, a lot of optimism after ten pages but it beats the heck out of feeling like self flagellation which is what reading a lot of colour management stuff has felt like to me. Time to grab a coffee and get a few more pages in.