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From: Jenn Glass <jglass@digitalbrandexpressions.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 08:52:54 -0400
To: <wai-site-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <005601c46e58$79716af0$0300a8c0@Kingston2>
Your site is a great web design resource!  I found your site while doing
research for our client, ColorVision. ColorVision, Inc delivers
affordable tools and software solutions for color management that ensure
consistent, accurate color from monitor to printer for both
professionals and consumers in today's digital darkroom. After review of
your site, I believe this information may be of interest to your site's
visitors. Would you create a link to ColorVision from
http://www.w3.org/WAI/References/#mainstreamdev with the following
information:

 

Category: Mainstream Developers - Accessibility Information

Title: ColorVision - Digital Enhancement through Color Management

URL: http://www.colorvision.com <http://www.colorvision.com/>  

Description: Affordable solutions for color management that assure
consistent, accurate, reliable color for digital photographers and
graphic designers.

 

Additionally, I have included two short, informative articles on
"Ensuring Color Accuracy for your Digital Photos" and another on
"Calibrating Your Monitor to Ensure Accurate Color between Computers".
We are offering these articles, free of charge, to webmasters whose site
visitors might find their content interesting and valuable. Please feel
free to post either or both to your site upon your review. We ask that
at least one link to ColorVision <http://www.colorvision.com/>  remain
embedded in each of the documents.

 

Article #1

 

Ensuring Color Accuracy for Your Digital Photos

January 12, 2004

By Shawn Mulligan

 

So, what color is this?  Dark Green?  Olive?  Teal? 

 

It's not a trick question, but if you haven't calibrated your monitor
lately, it could feel like one. 

 

If you think color integrity doesn't matter much, you might think you
can stop reading now . . . but think twice about that. The reality is
that anyone sharing photos, charts, graphs, or other images
electronically can run into situations where what looks like the perfect
shade of teal on your screen comes across as eyeball-bursting blue to
your colleagues, friends and relatives. 

 

Most people know that color <http://www.colorvision.com/>  management
has to do with how images look on a monitor. But few realize that PC and
Mac monitors' ability to interpret color fades-rather quickly-with use.
The green you're seeing now, for example, could look very different in
just 3 months. 

 

We tend not to notice color disintegration until someone points out that
something we sent them "looks weird."  Then we try to adjust the monitor
manually, using our eyes as a guide. 

 

Until recently, making adjustments that way was okay for most of us
because we were primarily working with text, and, until recently,
calibrating a monitor was a costly procedure, reserved primarily for
high-end animators and others so reliant on accurate color that they
calibrated their machines several times per day. 

 

Now, the rapid co-evolution of digital photography and image-management
tools has made it easy for photographers, from the novice to the
professional, to improve the results of their digital images, and for
all computer users to improve the color accuracy of any kind of
illustration. It seems like everyone is adding charts, graphs, photos
and other images to their communications, which has greatly amplified
the importance of accurate color display. 

 

Moving just ahead of these trends, companies like ColorVision have been
innovating color-management systems that make calibration simpler and
more affordable. Recently, new tools for color management have become
available to consumers, such as the Spyder monitor calibrator
<http://www.colorvision.com/>  from ColorVision. This is the first
product of its kind to work with both CRT and LCD displays, so you can
be sure it will function with your personal computer. After a simple
step to attach the calibrator to your monitor, the hardware-software
combination takes care of the rest. The software interprets what it
"sees" on the screen through the calibrator and creates an ICC
(International Color Consortium) profile. The ICC's standard color
profile allows color information to work across various applications and
devices, so other programs on your system that manage and present color
on your screen maintain the consistency of the calibration. 

 

Most of the time the monitor is the problem. However, after the monitor
has been calibrated, sometimes the printer is found to "have issues"
too.  To address this there are products available that also can help
you adjust your printer so printed material exactly matches the colors
on the calibrated monitor. 

 

That's a big boon for photographers and amateur shutterbugs alike. 

 

You can make sure you're not seeing red over color, by checking out more
information online at www.colorvision.com <http://www.colorvision.com/>
.. 

 

- End Article - 

 

Article #2

Calibrating Your Monitor to Ensure Accurate Color Between Computers

Whether you're a professional photographer sharing images with your
colleagues and clients or a non-pro sharing your photos with friends and
family, you will want to ensure the integrity of the colors in the
images you see, send and receive by calibrating your monitor, and
encouraging the rest of the people in your circle to do the same.

Monitors come pre-set from the factory, but their ability to interpret
color fades quickly. As equipment ages it changes behavior and this
requires a calibration procedure. Individuals who aren't sharing images
can simply adjust the controls on the monitor itself, using their eyes
to gauge what looks right.  People who are sharing images need assurance
that the colors they are seeing are exactly what everyone else will see.
Proper calibration ensures that color will be acceptable to all who are
sharing images and that it is acceptable in all reproduction media.

Color Management tools include monitor and printer calibrators
<http://www.colorvision.com/> .  These products, which are combinations
of hardware and software, provide assurance that color is matched to a
standard by building ICC (International Color Consortium) profiles.
Prices have come down in the last twelve months, making professional
quality color management affordable for pros and amateurs alike.

Calibrating your monitor is easy.  First, software is loaded to your
computer.  Then, a device, called a colorimeter, like the popular
SpyderTM from ColorVision, is attached to the screen.  The colorimeter
reads the color and the software creates an ICC-profile from the
measurement results.  Once you accept the calibration, you're done-your
monitor is showing accurate, reliable color again.

While professionals in animation and commercial design studios calibrate
their equipment several times a day, most professional photographers
have the color quality they need by calibrating weekly, and once per
month is usually sufficient for non-pros. 

Although the monitor is calibrated the printer also needs to be
calibrated.  The printer specifications and the paper being used are
critical factors affecting the quality of prints.  Products like
ColorVision's PrintFixTM work with inkjet printers and enable you to
calibrate the output of the printer based on the paper--so prints
exactly match the colors on the calibrated <http://www.colorvision.com/>
monitor.

By calibrating your monitor to a standard and encouraging those with
whom you share images to do the same, you are assured that everyone is
working and sharing from the same common ground: so you see what they
see.

-End Article -

 

If you're not the right person for this message, please let me know who
is so I can discuss it with him/her.  If you are the appropriate
contact, please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

 

Thank you,

 

Jenn

 



 

Jennifer Glass

e-Marketing Assistant

Digital Brand Expressions

4499 Route 27

Kingston, NJ 08528

(609) 688-1606

www.digitalbrandexpressions.com
<http://www.digitalbrandexpressions.com/>  

 


On behalf of ColorVision (www.colorvision.com
<http://www.colorvision.com/> )


 

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