2. Color Management – A Conceptual Overview

  1. Phil Green MSc, PhD Reader member

Published Online: 11 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch2

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

How to Cite

Green, P. (ed) (2010) Color Management – A Conceptual Overview, in Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch2

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



  • color management;
  • color rendering;
  • cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK);
  • International Color Consortium (ICC)


This chapter provides an overview of some of the key concepts in color management, and describes the evolution from v2 of the International Color Consortium (ICC) specification to the v4 specification in use today. It summarizes the color rendering and re-rendering options provided by the different rendering intents within an ICC profile. We can identify four distinct phases in the evolution of the understanding of color management. Appearance models are frequently useful in imaging applications. Transforms between corresponding colors in different viewing conditions often apply the chromatic adaptation component of a color appearance model. Reproduction models have to consider simultaneously the effects of viewing condition, media limitations, user preferences, and image characteristics in developing optimal color rendering transforms. Early binding and late binding are terms used in graphic arts to designate when in the workflow the conversion/separation to the printing process colors cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) takes place.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

colorimetry; image colour analysis