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Color-Matching Systems

Color-Matching Systems

Many efforts have been made to address this problem, but the one you’re most likely to have heard about, being a Mac user, is Apple’s ColorSync technology. The particular approach it uses to make educated guesses about which colors to render on different devices is immaterial; suffice to say that its goal is consistency. In theory, if you have chosen or set up a ColorSync profile for your monitor and your printer, for instance, it should help ensure that the colors you see on your monitor match those printed by your printer.

Without getting into too many details, you can calibrate your monitor by choosing System Preferences from the Apple menu, clicking the Displays preference pane, clicking the Color tab, and clicking the Calibrate button to run and work through the Display Calibrator Assistant. Then, when you’re printing, look for a ColorSync setting in the Color Management panel of the Print dialog. Whether it’s present or not depends on your printer driver, but if the setting is present at all, it’s usually the default. That’s all there is to basic use of ColorSync, and on the whole, it works pretty well.


  

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