One of the hardest parts of digital imaging for most people to understand is the relationship between the color that they see on the screen and the color that they see on their prints. To create high quality prints, this relationship is one of the most important and essential to understand. Yet it is a major stumbling block for many, especially for those new to digital photography.
In Color Management In Digital Photography: Ten Easy Steps To True Colors In Photoshop Brad Hinkel shows us, in easy progressions, how to understand and use available color spaces to move from digital image, to screen image, to print image. When I first looked at this book, my initial thought was, how can a book this small be useful? As I read the book however, I saw how simple progressions from one point to the next really make the understanding of color management easy.
The book is laid out in ten chapters and an introduction. In the introduction, Hinkel makes it clear that you should not run out and buy equipment until you have worked through the ten steps and you are better equipped to make the best decision on equipment. If you have a camera, computer, monitor and printer, start by working with those until you see how they all interact. Then you will be in a better position to make the correct decision on what really need and how much you should expect to pay.
The chapters cover color space, monitors, work environment, profiling the monitor, printers, basic printing, testing the color system, advanced printing techniques, obtaining profiles and adjusting color for your printer. By following the outlines listed in each chapter, you will see dramatic improvements in matching the image you see on the screen to the one on the print.