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Bruce Fraser , Fred Bunting , Chris Murphy
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January 13, 2003 0201773406 978-0201773408 1
Every graphics professional worth his or her salt knows the importance of color management. No matter how much thought artist and client put into the color scheme for a given project, all of that work is for naught if you can't get your results to match your expectations. Enter Real World Color Management.

In this industrial-strength, under-the-hood reference, authors Bruce Fraser, Fred Bunting, and Chris Murphy draw on their years of professional experience to show you everything you need to know about color management. Whether your final destination is print, Web, or film, Real World Color Management takes the mystery out of color management, covering everything from color theory and color models to understanding how devices interpret and display color. You'll find expert advice for building and fine-tuning color profiles for input and output devices (digital cameras and scanners, displays, printers, and more), selecting the right color management workflow, and managing color within and across major design applications. Get Real World Color Management--and get ready to dazzle!



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Every graphics professional worth his or her salt knows the importance of color management. No matter how much thought artist and client put into the color scheme for a given project, all of that work is for naught if you can't get your results to match your expectations. Enter Real World Color Management.

In this industrial-strength, under-the-hood reference, authors Bruce Fraser, Fred Bunting, and Chris Murphy draw on their years of professional experience to show you everything you need to know about color management. Whether your final destination is print, Web, or film, Real World Color Management takes the mystery out of color management, covering everything from color theory and color models to understanding how devices interpret and display color. You'll find expert advice for building and fine-tuning color profiles for input and output devices (digital cameras and scanners, displays, printers, and more), selecting the right color management workflow, and managing color within and across major design applications. Get Real World Color Management--and get ready to dazzle!

About the Author

Bruce Fraser is an internationally known author, consultant, and speaker on the topics of digital imaging and color reproduction. He is the co-author of Real World Adobe Photoshop 7. Fred Bunting is a writer, illustrator, and speaker on the topics of color theory, color management, and digital imaging, and is the author of the acclaimed Colortron color primer. Chris Murphy is president of Color Remedies, specializing in worldwide training and consulting in emerging color technologies.


Product Details

  • Series: Real World
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (January 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201773406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201773408
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY - An Easy to Understand Color Management Book October 22, 2003
Format:Paperback
This is the most thorough, and easy-to-understand book on color management that I've ever seen. They start with some color theory, but don't bog down on the technical, like some other books I've seen.
They explain the color management and profile process, then tell you how to build profiles for various devices. They spend six (!) chapters on building and editing profiles. There are separate chapters for measurement & calibration, displays, input devices, output devices, etc. As an example, they cover the steps and procedures to profile RGB inkjet printers, CMYK inkjets, CMYK color lasers, CMYK solid inks, Dye-sub printers, and much more.
That process has always seemed like a bunch of mumbojumbo to me, but I found their explanations to be easy to follow. They explain the need for the right lighting in the room where you proof and print and how color shifts can occur.
Then, they deal with applications and workflow. Chapter twelve covers the Adobe Color architecture. subsequent chapters deal with separate apps like Freehand, Corel Draw, QuarkXPress and PDF.
They explain Colorsync and ICM color management systems. And there is a nice discussion about WHEN in the process to convert the color profile of an image.
The appendices have some very useful info on profiles and workflows.
It's a bit pricey, but if you NEED color management, it is worth it.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have reference! January 29, 2003
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First, I have no idea who William X is but his review is a slam to Mr. Murphy and just useless dribble. I know Chris lives in Bolder so I have to assume this is a person with some kind of agenda towards Chris.
Now onto the book. I am a color geek myself although I try not to get into all the discussions like how many ICC Profiles will fit on a pin. I have purchased nearly every book on the subject of color, color theory and color management. I have been reading Frasers, Buntin and Murphy's posts on the Apple ColorSync list for years and have literally hundreds of posts from each archived. Real World Color Management is the best book on the subject bar none. It's VERY easy to read and well explained. Even the first few chapters on color theory are so well explained that I not only picked up some good concepts I didn't know, I learned how to explain them to others in a much more concise manner. For those that feel that color management and computer imaging are moving at such a pace that no book can be useful for any length of time, I would say that RWCM is worth the price of admission just for the foundation in color and computer theory it presents in the first 100 or so pages.
There is a huge wealth of information that I've never seen anywhere else! The areas in the book discussing how to evaluate the quality of ICC profiles is worth it's weight in gold. The various chapters covering specific software products and how they deal with color management is invaluable. What makes this book so wonderful is it's tone. It has a sense of humor (so needed with this kind of topic). It doesn't look down on the reader and more importantly, it's clear and to the point. There's virtually no math to make your head explode.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best color management book May 6, 2005
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This is more readable, information rich, and practical than Tim Grey's well-written "Color Confidence" which had set a high standard.

Like most books on the subject, it starts with a color theory chapter. Besides being a pleasure to read, it is almost certain to teach something you didn't already know. Even a science whiz will be impressed at how gently, thoroughly, and coherently the topics are brought together.

Most of the remaining chapters can be read in isolation. Many will immediately focus on a chapter relating to their specific software and then proceed to the all important workflow chapter.

For those buying tools, the book offers excellent coverage of the major products including hardware (densiometers, colorimeters, spectrophotometers, targets, monitors, printers, and inks), profiling packages (Gretag-Macbeth, Monaco, etc), and ICC visualization/editing tools (ColorThink and such).

The book empowers you to make thoughtful choices on every Photoshop setting (black-points, colorspaces, rendering intents, etc). Also, the section on evaluating profiles is excellent. This topic is usually omitted from other books on the subject.

All in all, I give this one an A+.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on color management April 7, 2003
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Real World Color Management addresses the all too familiar lament: "My inkjet prints photos that do not reflect what's on my screen."
Color management always seemed like an arcane science. While Colorsync is in its 4th iteration, we have yet to see some sort of a definitive manual from Apple.
Real World Color Management puts all these to rest. It's not a color book for color scientists. This is a book for people who are interested in how color interacts between what they see through their digital cameras, what they on their screens, what comes out of their printers.
There are sections that cover profiling devices, the software and hardware used to profile, how color management is implemented in the Macintosh and in Windows systems, and in the most popular graphics applications (Adobe, Macromedia, Corel). There has been a gaping silence from Apple, from Microsoft, from Epson (and other printer manufacturers) on how to use color management, on how to get good color from input device to output device. This book addresses that.
This book answers most of the questions I had on color management. Color management is no longer a mysterious black box in which you see the input and output but in which you have practically no idea what happens in between.
This is the definitive book on color management.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedy shipment and better condition than described.
Great price, great quality, very good value. The book is very technical and involved, normally quite expensive. I am glad to have found it with such a good price.
Published 1 month ago by Tomcat
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Needs an update!
Great book with a ton of information. Wish they would update it with all the new technology that has been developed in the ten plus years since it's release.
Published 2 months ago by Kevin C. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book,
This is a must have for color management. Even though the late Bruce was a genius but his teaching skills are blunt unlike his prodigy Martin Evening who is a great teacher he can... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Waseem Ahmed Qureshi
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone in the world of colour management
This has always been a go to book for my world in color management. Now its great that it is in kindle form, Very easy to carry around.
Published 13 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great in depth analysis of color systems on the computer!
Excellent book, only half way through, it is quite a intense book, definitely view the book on a color reader, I am reading it on B&W kindle and viewing all the great images on my... Read more
Published 14 months ago by 3picurius
5.0 out of 5 stars Color Management Explained
This textbook begins with a detailed discussion of color, including the structure of the human eye. Although there is always an urge to skip to the end for the "meat" of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by FlashPhotog
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint at heart ... Very Technical
This one will be on my reference shelf. It would be a text book for a course. I would say, the author knows his stuff and would be best read in a group and discuss each chapter... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Photosbypullum
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good condition
I bought this book used but it looks like its barely been touched. It's a very good source of reference for studying color theory. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Real World Color Management must read for any photographer
Real World Color Management must read for any photographer who takes editing and printing photos seriously, Bruce Fraser is a master on the subject and writes extremely well.
Published 22 months ago by robertschambach
5.0 out of 5 stars THE definitive color management book
If you're going to spend any time at all on color management then you must get this book. While it doesn't go so far as to explain all of the mathematical formuale used in color... Read more
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