color management system


Also found in: Medical, Acronyms.

color management system

Software that translates the colors of an original image into the truest representation obtainable on the output device. Color management works from a profile of the output device, typically a digital printer or offset press, and works backward to the source of the material such as a scanner.

Starting from the colors in real life, the color gamut decreases as it moves to analog film to a digital scanner to a printer. A monitor is also capable of displaying a greater range of colors than the printing process. Color management takes all of these factors into consideration.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Instead, much of the initiative is coming from equipment and software providers with whom ink producers are forming alliances, so that printers and end-users identify them with specific color management systems.
TopazReal HD is a 3D color management system that address changes in color phase and color level to obtain perfect color reproduction, producing 1110 times more color combinations than 720p projectors, approximately 216 billion color combinations.
Tokyo, Japan, Sept 15, 2005 - (JCNN) - Canon announced on September 14 that it and Microsoft have formed a strategic alliance in color management systems for Windows Vista, Microsoft's next-genration operating system.
Field, imaging scientist and professor at California Polytechnic State University, who comments, "The first dilemma that faces developers of color management systems is how to compress input tone and saturation values to fit the color gamut offered by the output recording system.
Called "Pump-in-a-Drum," the color management system centers on a built-in pump, fitted with a metering mechanism and positioned inside a standard-size drum of liquid color.
New inks now need to be supported with a color management system," he continued.
1bn patent infringement suit last March (CI No 3,376), claiming that Apple had infringed on three of its patents within its ColorSync color management system, which corrects tone and color in computerized generated images.
Flint recently opened a mother plant at Helmond, Netherlands, which enables it to run a color management system for its sheetfed customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
New Windows 95 users can utilize a version of Kodak's ICC-compatible Color Management System that is built in to the new Microsoft operating system, as Sun Solaris-based system users will be able to do at the end of the year, according to SunSoft.
A color management system can compensate for the "grayed down" appearance of newspaper color but not necessarily for the diminished contrast resulting from the gray-white newsprint substrate.
In addition, Fiery ColorWise[R], the EFI in-RIP color management system, is designed to deliver consistent color across applications, computer platforms, color spaces, and color file formats, enabling users to easily achieve undeviating, professional-level color.