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PPC Meeting: Understanding the Essentials of Color Management – 5-11-23

If your attempts at color management feel more like a journey into the dark arts, this meeting is for you!

Frustrated with getting prints back from the lab and having them be… not what you expected?  Do your images look wonky on different devices?  

May’s meeting is chock full of the help you need.

Join us to hear Kevin Elliott, local computer consultant and color management specialist, demystify the ins and outs of consistent, predictable color and help you move toward a color-managed workflow.

It doesn’t matter whether you print via a commercial lab or generate your own prints.  Kevin will help you produce accurately color-managed projects, ensuring that what you see is actually what you get. 

No more unpleasant surprises!

After his presentation you should go away with a better understanding of:

  1. what color is

  2. color management

  3. color management tools

  4. applications and workflow

  5. how to troubleshoot problem

Date: Thursday, May 11, 2023 In-Person Location: Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly Street, Centennial, 80121 Doors open 6:30 p.m. Main Presentation starts at 7 p.m. Zoom Option:  Register in advance and we’ll send the Zoom link. (Add this to the form auto-responder) Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (MST)

Event Policy: Please review our PPC Cancellation Policy PPC Fellowship Points: Attend PPC event 1-4 hours (point for each meeting attended) – 0.5

According to Kevin: “My goal has always been and is to provide the highest quality image at the lowest cost possible. If you use a color-managed workflow, you will spend less time and materials and be less frustrated.

Calibrating and profiling your monitor is a great way to start whether you are printing on your own or having another company print for you. Consistency from year to year is key. Every other component from cameras, scanners and printers can, and should, be color managed. 

If you use a color-managed workflow, you can achieve better results.”

More about Kevin Elliott At 12 years of age, Kevin became interested in photography when his grandmother gave him an old Kodak Brownie automatic camera. Inspired, he started shooting, darkroom processing, and printing his own images. 

In the years that followed an obsession with technique, composition, and quality improvement grew.

After graduating from Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs in 1976 with an A.A.S. degree in Commercial Photography, Kevin started his own photography business until he joined Cies/Sexton Photographic Laboratories as a color print technician. Here he worked on quality improvement and efficiency. 

22 years later he was both part-owner and General Manager of the operation. His time there coincided with the dawn of the digital age of photography, and Kevin and his company began working with color management on Kodak LVT, Durst Lambada and inkjet printers. One big focus was finding ways to match PMS colors and provide a neutral gray scale.

Since 2001, Kevin has worked as a computer consultant and color management specialist in his own business, digitalMD. He has assisted individual photographers to large commercial printing operations achieve WYSIWYG color. He is certified in many Color RIPs (raster image processors), certified by SGIA (Specialty Graphics Industry of America) and has worked with printing equipment from desktop size to 16 feet wide.

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