Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Color Spaces & Printer Profiles Revealed
Crayon color choices have some important similarities to how color spaces are defined and used
Color space describes a range, or gamut, of colors that a particular digital device provides. All digital cameras can capture images in standard RGB color space (abbreviated sRGB). Some cameras offer Adobe RGB (1998) as an addition. Standard RGB was defined by Microsoft and HP and popularized as a standard to assure that colors would appear properly when viewed on a typical computer monitor.
sRGB therefore allows us to distribute images with a reasonable level of confidence that they'll look right—even when we don't know anything about the monitor that will be used to display them. Adobe RGB was constructed to include the additional colors that can be printed with inkjet and other printers using CMYK inks—even though it uses only the three primary colors.
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