Color Managed Workflow From Aperture

by Scott Bourne



If you want the image that comes from your printer to match what you see on your screen, you'll need to do some basic color management.

To do that, you'll need to calibrate your monitor. Without a good monitor calibration, there can simply be no color management. The monitor calibration is the starting point for every good-looking print.

There are several different hardware/software products available to you for monitor calibration. They all essentially work the same way. You attach a colorimeter to your monitor, then you run some software that takes your monitor through a series of tasks, recording the results.

Since Aperture will rely on the monitor calibration to tell it how the colors on the screen should print, it has to know how those colors are recorded. That's why calibration is so important.

3 Comments

hudson
2007-01-30 09:42:38
As far as I can tell, the Aperture workflow is incomplete. How do you profile your camera or scanner? There's no way in Aperture to correct a photo of a target like the GretagMacbeth Color Checker DC. There has to be a dozen plugins that do it in Photoshop-- including some amazing ACR javascripts: http://www.rags-int-inc.com/PhotoTechStuff/MacbethReader/


It's really tough to integrate Aperture into a studio workflow if you've got to run everything through ACR first.

Daniel Mendez
2007-01-30 11:41:30
Please excuse a very basic question...
I have been working on calibrating my cinema display for a while and am still not there...
When I select the default cinema profile, things look good, but they look different from the laptop screen (whites are different hues). So obviously I need to calibrate both displays to have a standard.
I have a fluorescent 5000k lamp and work in the evening, so the color temp should in theory be 5000k. When I create a profile using a colorimeter (monaco), and select gamma 1.8, 5000 temp the whites look so warm on the screen. If I select gamma 1.8 and temp of 6500k thiings look 'closer' to normal.


How do I go about this? Should I not trust my eyes when I think the whites are off (too warm/yellowish) using 5000k?
Any links that could help on the matter?


thanks

Eberhard Gronau
2007-01-31 04:59:01
Hello Daniel,


according to Color geek Andrew Rodney one should select a gamma of 2.2 and a temperature of 6500K. He covers that whole stuff in Color Management for Photographer, Focal Press. Another good book about CM is Real World Color Management from Fraser, Murphy, Bunting.
Regards