Practical Color Management – MDIA 1144 – January 09 to February 13, 2013 – Instructor: Grant Bailey

Course description

This course is a user practical approach to real world colour management implementation from monitors, and proofing to simulate a printing process in graphic arts. Students will learn basic overview of colour theory and apply industry standard measuring devices for creation of monitor and printer profiles as well as key procedures to maintain process control.

Course learning outcomes / competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define the colour event that takes place allowing us to see colour.
  • Describe the role of colour management in achieving consistent appearance between proofing cycles and final printed production.
  • Calibrate computer monitors in preparation for assigning Display Profiles, and creating a soft proofing environment to simulate printed output.
  • Analyze the four main steps to implementing colour management often referred to as the four C’s of colour Management.
  • Explain an ICC profile and how rendering intents affect desired results.
  • Differentiate between source and output profiles.
  • Explain the importance of colour gamut, and the physical limitations between RGB and CMYK.
  • Apply colour profiles in the Adobe applications to soft proof & manage a local printing device.
  • Analyze device variability and the need for realistic tolerance in manufacturing and measuring variances.
  • Determine and set process control procedures, tracking milestones for output devices, maintaining constant repeatable operating conditions needed for successful colour management.

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