Colour management is the process that ensures that what is printed or displayed on-screen matches the original image or design as closely as is possible.

This process starts from when an image is captured (or a layout is designed) right through until it is viewed by our own eyes on a display or in a print.

ICC profiles should be used by all the devices and software in the entire process to ensure that the fidelity of all the hues and tones are preserved at their best.

Colour management assists to get the best possible result now matter which printer, material, or display is used to produce the end result.

And while it is a complex and exacting process please ask your printer or sign-maker for advice about obtaining the best results from your files.



Colour management is important when we want display or print images and colours correctly - as perceived by our human eyes.

At this point in time our own eyes are still the most sensitive instrument for detecting the hues and shades of colours (including monochrome).

However we still do not have printing processes (even the most avant garde) that can reproduce the colour range that we can observe in our natural world.

Therefore we use colour management to make our images 'look' as close as possible to to what our own eyes can perceive.

PDF (portable document format) has been the standard file format for many years in the printing and signage industries.

PDF was designed especially for printing and sign-making to retain all the exact colours, fonts and other features in the file - so that you get exactly what you want when the file is printed.

As with most file formats there are various options and settings that can used - so ask your printer or sign-maker to tell you the best settings to use.

With photography and other colour-critical printing colour management is also important.