Windows Color Managment, Adobe Working Spaces, Adobe Gamma

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Andy Leese, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. Andy Leese

    Andy Leese Guest

    I have decided to begin on the (seemingly) long path towards correct colour
    reproduction for my computer, in particular my monitor. I believe I
    understand the basics of 'colour management', but fail to see how all these
    little elements form 'colour management' in it's entirety.

    I use a Dell P992 monitor, NVIDIA graphics card running on Windows XP
    Professional. I have Adobe Photoshop CS2 (and have in the past utilised
    Adobe Gamma) and Adobe Illustrator CS2. The P992 monitor includes and ICM
    profile (which I'm not sure whether to use or not).

    I will try and split up my questions for clarity

    1. Windows XP > Control Panel > Display > Settings > Advanced > Color

    What is the purpose of this? The computer has automatically installed the
    ICM profile I mentioned early for the monitor. Is this not superseded by
    Adobe Gamma AND Adobe Photoshop Color Settings? If indeed this is of any use
    at all where does it fit into the equation of Colour Management?

    By default the ICM profile has been installed with the monitor driver. Is
    this the best profile to use for this particular circumstance? Or would a
    custom made version be better (i.e. Adobe GAMMA ICC profile, Eye-One Display
    2 profile etc.). I am unsure as to where to use the different profiles in
    each different case.

    2. Adobe Software - Illustrator CS2, Photoshop CS2 (Color Settings Dialog

    I am using as a
    tutorial to help me set up Adobe software and Adobe Gamma, which I'm hoping
    will be a good solution to follow.

    Am I right in saying Adobe Gamma simply alters the physical display
    properties of the monitor and nothing else, so that it resembles the optimum
    image to the eye? Is this independent from the 'Working Spaces' section in
    the Color Settings Dialog Box in Photoshop? What exactly is the function of
    this and again where does this fit exactly into the colour management

    I appreciate any information concerning this, since answers to these
    particular questions seem unavailable on the internet. Thanks in advance.

    Andy Leese, Nov 22, 2006
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  2. Andy Leese

    Mark² Guest

    Your first step should be to pick up a decent colorometer.
    I recommend the Spyder 2 from ColorVision.
    Mark², Nov 22, 2006
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  3. Andy Leese

    Andy Leese Guest

    Thanks for the response. I have it in hand to get a monitor callibration
    tool Spyder or gretagmacbeth probably. my main question (and the question
    that I can't seem to find an answer to anywhre) is...

    What is the purpose of Windows XP > Control panel > Display > Settings >
    Advanced > Color Management ?

    It's a simple question, but I can't find the answer anywhere. If I am using
    Adobe Gamma (to make my monitor display colors correctly) and using color
    management in Photoshop etc... what purpose is this in Windows? What does it
    do that anything else doesn't do?

    I really can't find anything on its actual function in microsoft
    documentation and web sites etc...

    Thanks again...
    Andy Leese, Nov 23, 2006
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