The Importance of Color Management July 20 2016, 0 Comments
Why should I calibrate? It looks great on the computer after it is edited but have you ever noticed how your piece looks different on other computers or the colors change when you print? That is because every device (camera, scanner, desktop, tablet, printer, etc.) has a different color space. In order to keep the colors true to your piece, you need to have a color management system in place.
Here at Lumiere Photo, we use the Colormunki Photo, and love it. It comes with a calibration device that will calibrate your monitor, and printer. It also comes with a ColorChecker classic. The device is a simple setup and guides you along the whole calibration process until your printer and monitor are accurate colors that would match any other calibrated device.
Sounds great right? The reason that many artists don’t use it is because it’s a bit expensive. So what to do? Buy an X-Rite ColorChecker. The ColorChecker is an inexpensive card with calibrated color squares on it. To use it, hold it in one of your shots so you have an image of it. Then when you edit later in Photoshop take your eyedropper tool and select the white, middle grey, and black from the card to make your image have a true white balance.
When I was a student at RIT, I heard “did you use your ColorChecker?” so often in group critiques. It really makes a difference to have truly, accurate colors. Having a color management system, even one as simple as a ColorChecker, takes out all of the guess work and will leave your image as beautiful as when you shot it.