[Digikam-users] Color Managed View - How?

Gerhard Kulzer gerhard at kulzer.net
Fri Aug 24 17:49:41 BST 2007

Am Friday 24 August 2007 schrieb Paul Waldo:
> Gerhard Kulzer wrote:
> > Am Thursday 23 August 2007 schrieb Paul Waldo:
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> I was reading through the Digikam docs relating to ICC and came across
> >> this surprising sentence:
> >>
> >> "The Use color managed view is an alternative to using Xcalib or Argyll.
> >> Only your image will be color managed, not your entire screen!"
> >>
> >> How does Digikam do this?  I would think it would need to know how the
> >> monitor behaves in order to render the colors properly...
> >>
> >> Paul
> >
> > You are correct, in order to color-manage, digiKam needs to have a
> > monitor profile.
> >
> > Gerhard
> Yes, and monitor profiles are created by programs like Xcalib and
> Argyll, aren't they?  I'm confused as to how profiling applications can
> be taken out of the loop....
> Paul

Xcalib and Argyll are programs that apply a color profile to X, so all 
programs are automatically color-managed as far as the monitor is concerned 
(that means that the monitor is somewhat more neutral in its color rendering, 
missing color lobes can't be displayed of course, and notebooks are terribly 
bad when it come to photographs, no whatever sophisticated color management 
can correct that).

Xcalib and Argyll don't manage other devices than screens. So they are partial 
color managers.


Hakuna matata
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