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Chapter 3. Managing Colors > Color Management Basics

Color Management Basics

Before going into creating and editing images, you’ll first have the opportunity to understand the basics of managing color profiles using GIMP. If you’ve ever viewed the same photo from two different computers, and especially from a PC and a Mac, you probably have noticed that the photo looked different—maybe dramatically different—from one device to another. You can use color profiles in GIMP to compensate for these differences, at least somewhat.

Color profiles are files that represent the differences between the standard or baseline color of an image and the way devices such as digital cameras, printers, and scanners characterize color. GIMP uses its own built-in profile, which should be sufficient for most tasks, but it’s helpful to become familiar with what else is available.


  

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