16. Issues in CMYK Workflows

  1. Phil Green MSc, PhD Reader member

Published Online: 11 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch16

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

How to Cite

Green, P. (ed) (2010) Issues in CMYK Workflows, in Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch16

Editor Information

  1. London College of Communication, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 12 FEB 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley-IS&T Series in Imaging Science and Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Michael A. Kriss

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470058251

Online ISBN: 9780470688106



  • CMYK workflows;
  • workflow data handling


This chapter deals primarily with the special issues inherent in a cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (CMYK) workflow and the choices which a user faces when processing CMYK in a color-managed workflow. Black plays a large part in the perceived contrast within images. Workflow data handling issues revolve around the choice of when in the workflow one chooses to perform a particular color transformation. The chapter then covers most of the main methods used in the industry along with some commentary on the rationale and issues for each method. The transfer curve method performs a one-dimensional transformation on CMYK.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

data handling; image colour analysis