I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 277
Course Name: Color Management
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. To demonstrate calibration and profiling skills by creating and using ICC color profiles for all equipment in the workflow.
C. To configure Photoshop to effectively use color management.
D. To use methods of tonal and color adjustment available in Photoshop.
E. To use flatbed and film scanners to obtain the best results.
F. To use printer drivers effectively, including for wide-body inkjet printers.
G. To combine color modes, profiles, and editing techniques in Photoshop to produce excellent color and tonal range in a digital image file.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. Light and Color: The Foundations of Photography and Color Management
2. Description of color
3. Color perception
4. Color models/modes
5. Primary colors and their relationships
C. Introduction to Color Management
2. Overview of color management plan (Workflow)
3. Color profiles and how they work
4. Devices and color profiles
5. Software and color profiles
6. Color gamut
D. Creating a Color Managed System
1. Setting up a color-managed workflow
2. Calibration and profiling
3. Calibration methods for monitors
4. Color management control panel and system preferences
5. Calibrating and profiling a monitor with Monaco Optix-XR Colorimeter
6. Photoshop’s Color Setting dialog box
7. Creating a printer/paper profile with MonacoEZColor software
8. Creating a profile for a film scanner
9. Profiles for digital cameras
E. Equipment: Monitors, Scanners, Printers
1. Printer specs and options
2. Scanner specs and options
3. Choosing monitors, scanners, printers to purchase
4. Mac or PC?
5. Cropping and straightening scanned images
F. Scanning: flatbed and film (slides)
1. Scanner driver options
2. Scanning at the optimal resolution for desired output
3. Embedding the profile
4. Scanning high bit images
G. Using Color Profiles in Photoshop
1. Assigning scanner profiles
2. The working space profile
3. Decisions about profile mismatch or missing profile dialog boxes
4. Converting to profile
5. Printer/paper profiles
H. Printing Using Color Profiles
1. Assign v. convert to profile
2. Printer driver options
3. Editing color profiles with MonacoEZColor software
4. Printing with different art papers
5. Pigment v. dye-based inks
I. Proofing with Profiles
1. Soft proofing
2. Using the inkjet printer as a proofing device for a printing press
J. Techniques for tonal and color adjustment
5. Hue and saturation adjustment
6. Replace Color command and tool
7. Selective color
9. Match color
K. Color Correction Process
1. Highlights and shadows
2. Neutral tones
4. Converting a photo from color to black and white
6. Editing in Lab mode
7. Camera RAW
8. Color on the web
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
B. Complete assignments/projects.
C. Attend and participate in critiques.
D. Take a midterm quiz and final exam
E. Demonstrate proficiency in the techniques explored
IX. Instructional Materials
A. Recommended: "Color Management for Photographers-Hands on Techniques for Photoshop Users", by Andrew Rodney
B. Course handouts
C. Supplies: Blank CD-R’s, Flash Drive, Printing Papers, Mat Board
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
A. Projects: 10%
B. Formal Critiques: 10%
C. Printed output with complete notations of settings: 25%
D. Mid-term Quiz: 25%
E. Final Review Exam: 25%
F. Participation: 5%
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.