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Colour Management is the process of controlling colour as it moves between devices - from the input end (cameras/scanners) to the output end (screens, projectors and printers). This is achieved through a combination of two key processes - calibration (setting a device to a known, repeatable state) and profiling (creating an accurate description of that state so that image colours can be translated into the best matching device colours).
Colour management is a very complex topic, and the internet in particular is full of mis-information and poor understanding of what's actually going on with colour in digital images. It's not surprising, really, as colour management is a relatively new field of science, and for a long time, good tools and techniques were not available. Fortunately, in recent years, prices have come down at the same time as knowledge has increased, and today it is much easier to achieve truly world class results in digital imaging, if armed with a relatively small budget and a good working knowledge.
The first thing to understand is that colour management is not a panacea for all colour problems. You will still run into problems with colour, unquestionably, but good colour management will give you the tools to anticipate and solve those problems.
At Image Science, we have incorporated colour management into every aspect of our business
Colour Management helps us to achieve high quality results time after time, with all our services. We can help you bring this same level of accuracy to your own workflow by the creation of accurate ICC profiles for your output devices.
Image Science offers Australia's best (and most affordable) custom ICC printer profiling service (used by thousands of satisfied clients). Custom printer profiles, when combined with proper monitor calibration, will put you well on the road to achieving accurate and beautiful colour.
Our most popular package for colour control combines a high quality monitor calibration unit with two custom ICC printer profiles - at around $500 this will put you in a position to achieve superb quality results with the minimum of expense. Information about monitor calibrators we offer is here.
We also offer training courses in colour management, tailored to your level of knowledge from beginner to advanced.