The Designer's Guide to Color Management

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´╗┐The Designer's Guide to Color Management

in CorelDRAW? Graphics Suite X5

by Gennady Petrov

Corel Corporation 2010

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The Designer's Guide to Color Management in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5

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Contents

Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Chapter 1: Introduction to color management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Color management: the problem and the solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Problems with the solution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Why should you care about color management? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Frequently asked questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Chapter 2: The color management architecture of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Application-wide settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Document-specific settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Export and Save color management settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Color management settings for printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Color proofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Color management of the operating system: monitor and printer profiles . . . . . 16 Transitioning from the color management of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X4 . 18 Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Frequently asked questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Chapter 3: Color management workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Web workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 General printing workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Black & White workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Grayscale workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Laser engraving, sign making, and embroidery workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Digital photography workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Color proofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Frequently asked questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Chapter 4: Advanced color management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Spot color workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 The spot color workflow in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Rendering intents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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Wide-gamut color management workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Color blending . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Windows Color System (WCS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

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Welcome

Welcome to The Designer's Guide to Color Management in CorelDRAW? Graphics Suite X5. This guide is a complement to the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 Guidebook, which is included in the suite as an Adobe? Portable Document Format (PDF) document.

The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 Guidebook provides an overview of general color management concepts and a brief description of the color management workflow in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5. This guide is both technical and practical -- focusing not only on how color management works, but also why things work the way they do. The guide covers various workflows that are commonly used with CorelDRAW? and Corel? PHOTO-PAINTTM. Each chapter of the guide finishes with an F.A.Q. section that answers questions frequently asked by our users.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 has introduced many changes to color management in comparison to previous versions of the suite. Making sense of all these changes can be a daunting task so this guide is here to help you. You can skip Chapter 1 if you do not need a general introduction to color management and continue directly with Chapter 2, which describes various color management workflows.

About the author

Gennady Petrov is a senior software developer at Corel Corporation. He led the overhaul of the color management architecture in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5.

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