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Spyder5 Free eBook: Color management can be easy
  • Datacolor®, a global leader in colour management solutions, has today launched an extensive colour management eBook for photographers and videographers. 'Spyder5 eBook: Color management can be easy' is a six-chapter guide providing practical advice to help any photographer or videographer understand colour management, from the basics to the advanced. Chapters will be published in three-week intervals and sent to readers once they have registered online. Those who download the eBook will also receive 20% off the Spyder5Pro and Spyder5Elite. The first chapter is now available for download from the Datacolor website here.

    "We repeatedly found that even after more than 20 years of digital photography, colour management is regarded as a difficult and complex topic and is therefore often neglected. Users often have difficulties with achieving accurate colour reproduction and maintaining the brightness of their images in photo books or prints," says Stefan Zrenner, Global Director of Sales and Marketing Consumer Products at Datacolor. "With our free eBook, we want to make our colour management know-how accessible to everyone and show that this topic is not complicated at all."

    The eBook explores the basics of colour management, calibrated photography, and the steps needed to reproduce accurate colours on the monitor, when printing at home and through print service providers.

    What to expect from 'Spyder5 eBook: Color management can be easy'

    Chapter One -- Understanding Digital Color

    The first chapter will walk you through which colour measuring instruments you need for colour management, and why you should work with RAW data.

    Chapter Two -- Taking Calibrated Photos

    Chapter Two is a guide to the first step in the colour workflow -- camera calibration. The chapter focuses on the tools available for calibration, obtaining evenly-balanced contrast with the SpyderCUBE, achieving colour balance with the SpyderCHECKR, and razor-sharp autofocus using SpyderLENSCAL.

    Chapter Three -- Monitor Calibration

    Discover how to initially calibrate your monitor and find out what a colorimeter can do for you during this process. Chapter three will also teach you how to control ambient light and demonstrate the options a soft proofing tool can offer.

    Chapter Four -- Fine-adjusting Monitors

    Chapter Four delves deeper into monitor calibration, with a focus on making extended calibration settings, and an explanation of what an advanced analysis entails. Learn how to calibrate two monitors, and find out what different elements you need to pay attention to when calibrating a complete studio and a projector.

    Chapter Five -- Printer Profiling for Accurate Prints

    The penultimate chapter teaches you all you need to know about printer profiles, and explains how to check if your printer and printer driver are working properly. Find out what you need to be aware of when working with a Spectrocolorimeter and discover Datacolor's measuring technology.

    Chapter Six -- Monitor Proofing and Media

    The final chapter deals with your questions on the final stage of your workflow -- exploring how to proof your images on your monitor, and what to consider when printing your photos by yourself, on paper, canvas, and foil. The chapter will also tell you all you need to know about monitor proofing during photo printing from a service provider.

    Each chapter also contains a detailed glossary of colour management terms.

    The first chapter of the eBook is now available for download from the Datacolor website here.