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5 Color Management Tips

Color management is an important part of making sure your images reproduce the way you intend them to be seen. Here are 5 tips to get better color results as you're preparing your files to print:

  1. Control your light sources. The viewing light you work under is critical. Make sure you have adequate, but not too much light. Keep your light sources consistent and avoid glare on your screen.

  2. Room environment. The color of your walls, and even your clothing, can have measurable effects on how you perceive color in your images. It’s best to have neutral color for your walls and clothing.

  3. Adjust your desktop. Adjust your monitor desktop so that you have neutral colors at the screen margins. Avoid wild colors as your screen saver. Minimize computer distractions that have loud colors, such as games.

  4. Take a break. When your eyes become exhausted from too long a session at the computer, take a rest. That eases eye strain, but also changes your perception of color. Most experts recommend regular 15 minute breaks away from the computer.

  5. Calibrate your monitor. Do this on a regular basis. The monitors at Holland Photo Imaging are calibrated monthly. Our printers use the Adobe 1998 RGB color profile.

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