This is partly self-promotion, but also just to post a rave about ColorThink...
ColorThink is a really sweet color management tool, one of the many things it does is to give you an illustration of gamut. Fine, a few other (free) applications do this too, (like Apple's ColorSync Utility) but ColorThink also will show the gamut of an image. You load in an image file, it shows the colors in the file. You can then compare them to a color space, the gamut of a printer, and so forth...
Here's the Chromix site: http://www2.chromix.com/colorthink/index.cxsa
This got me to thinking.
Suddenly, using this program, I could actually see colors on the color space. I could see changes that will happen when you make moves from one space to another, (like ProPhoto to Adobe), and changes from one rendering intent to another. Thus, Color Pipeline was conceived.
I wrote this book as an analysis of the path of color through the digital system- and started from the subject. In it I'm watching, and working with, colors from when the light falls on the chip reflected from the subject right through to the experience of viewing the print. I go into detail, at each step, on how and what your controls are, and how you can use them to fulfill your vision when you first saw the subject. I use ColorThink throughout the book, not to control the colors, but to illustrate how the tools you have are controlling the colors.
My little personal subtitle for the book is "color management now that it actually works...", after suffering a lot of the early years of what was wistfully called a "management system". It's a little different approach to looking at Color Management, and for me, personally, a true "eureka" moment.
I'm really excited to announce the release of the book last week... it's available at most Barnes and Noble stores, and online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble's site. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Color-Pip...00593925/?itm=1
Here's a screen shot of part of the "Color Journey", showing the ColorThink screens.
I'd also like to, here, publicly thank Andrew Rodney, the first guy that explained anything (via an online post) in Color Management that made sense to me, and Joe Holmes for repeated smacks upside my head correcting my photographer's translations of the language of color science. You all know the Digital Dog, not sure if you know Joe: http://www.josephholmes.com/