CMP - Fundamentals Course Outline

The Fundamentals course will teach you what colour management is, how it works, why it's vital if you work with digital colour, and how to use it. Very early on in the course you'll realise exactly how much easier life is when colour managed.

The course consists of seventeen video tutorials, totalling approximately six hours. Not all of the topics will be immediately relevant to your working environment. But the point of the Fundamentals course is to give you a thorough grounding in the whole subject, with knowledge not just of your part of the production chain, but of the various other elements of the chain you may have dealings with.

The beauty of the online course is that the bite size chunks can be viewed any number of times, rewound, referred to, and are available to you 24 hours per day. Learn in your own time, at your own pace.


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Broken into six main subject areas the Fundamentals course is:  

Core Fundamentals
Lesson 1: Colour Control (SAMPLE VIDEO)
Lesson 2: Colour Spaces
Lesson 3: Colour Science
Lesson 4: Colour Evaluation
Lesson 5: Photoshop Concepts

Colour Capture
Lesson 6: Colour Measurement Tools
Lesson 7: Colour Measurement Tools - Densitometers
Lesson 8: Colour Measurement Tools - Colourimeters

Calibration
Lesson 9: Process Control
Lesson 10: Linearization and Characterization

Characterization
Lesson 11: Profiling Introduction
Lesson 12: Input and Monitor Profiling
Lesson 13: Output Profiling

Conversion
Lesson 14: Applying ICC Profiles
Lesson 15: Rendering Intents

Conformance
Lesson 16: Colour Variation and Delta E
Lesson 17: References and ICC profiles

 


Topic #1: Colour Control (FREE SAMPLE VIDEO)
This topic will help you to understand how colour management works including the concept of gamut and how colour management compensates for device differences.
Specific discussion items include:

  • Device Differences and the need for colour control

  • Closed Loop colour management versus Open (ICC)

  • Achieving an understanding of colour management

  • Understand the concepts and terminology of colour control


Topic #2: Colour Spaces

This topic will provide an understanding of the concept of colour spaces and how they are used in colour management. 
Specific discussion items include:

  • The difference between subtractive and additive

  • What is Device Independent Colour 

  • At least three ways to quantify colour

  • Understand concepts, terminology of colour space

  • How colour spaces make profiles work


Topic #3: Colour Science

This topic will explain how humans perceive colour and the factors that can affect colour perception.
Specific discussion items include:

  • How to Use CIE L*a*b* to quantify colour

  • What three things are necessary to perceive colour 

  • At least three factors that can affect perception

  • Learn at least two standards that CIE provided

  • Understand terminology related to colour science including metamerism


Topic #4: Colour Evaluation

This topic will help understand the variables associated with evaluating colour and how to quantify colour parameters.
Specific discussion items include:

  • The goal of colour reproduction

  • Determining what you are reproducing

  • Understanding the diminishing size of gamuts

  • Two ways to evaluate colour

  • How to quantify colour differences

  • Understanding terminology of delta E


Topic #5: Photoshop Concepts

This topic will help you apply the information in topics 1 through 4 into useful Photoshop exercises to solidify your knowledge of colour management. 
Specific discussion items include:

  • Determine which Profile to Assign in Photoshop

  • Understand how to Use Convert to Profile

  • Three factors that can affect perception

  • Three Colour Management limitations

 


Topic #6: Colour Measurement Tools

This topic will help you understand the fundamentals of measuring colour, the factors that influence the results and how to determine what instruments are best for your needs.Specific discussion items include:

  • Fundamentals on how colour measurement devices work

  • Three different types of colour measurement devices

  • Two important reasons for calibration

  • Understand how surface issues affect colour measurements

  • Understand how the colour of backing materials affect results

  • How to determine what aperture size to use


Topic #7: Colour Measurement Tools - Densitometry

This topic will help you understand the fundamentals of how a densitometer works and the variables associated with this instrument.

Specific discussion items include: 

  • Fundamentals on how a densitometer works

  • Which Status is correct for your application

  • Provide at least three values that a densitometer can measure

  • Provide at least three reasons to use a densitometer

  • Provide at least one reason why to measure dots

  • Understand what ink film thickness is and how to measure


Topic #8: Colour Measurement Tools - Colorimeters
 

This topic will allow you to understand the fundamentals of how a colorimeter and a spectrophotometer work.

Specific discussion items include: 

  • What applications a colorimeter is used for

  • Three applications for a spectrophotometer

  • Four ways that spectrophotometers are different

  • Understanding the difference between a colorimeter and a spectrophotometer


Topic #9: Process Control
 

This topic will allow you to understand methods of identifying variations in colour management output quality, determining the causes, and correcting the problems in the colour management workflow.

Specific discussion items include: 

  • Defining Process Control

  • Understanding how process control measurements are selected

  • Basics of selecting and making measurements for Process Control

  • Concepts for process control tolerances and reporting

  • Process failure correction

  • Reviewing the importance of standard operating procedures

  • Performing Process Control

  • Troubleshooting Process Failures

  • Understanding how Process Control makes Calibration more valuable


Topic #10: Linearization and Calibration
 

This topic will allow you to understand the process of linearization and calibration of your colour management system.

Specific discussion items include:

  • The definition of “Calibration”

  • “Linearization” and its relationship to calibration

  • Calibration Metrics and Methodologies

  • The VALUE of calibration in a graphics production workflow 


Topic #11: Profiling Introduction

This topic will explain how ICC profiles are created for different devices and how to determine the proper variables in configuring devices to accommodate and build these profiles/
 
Specific discussion items include:
 

  • Why ICC profiles are used

  • Where ICC profiles come from

  • Where profiles reside in a computer system

  • Two ICC connection spaces

  • Components of a printer profile

  • Four different types of profiles


Topic #12: Input & Monitoring Profiling

This topic will solidify the importance of calibration and provide practical steps for characterizing input devices and monitors 
Specific discussion items include:
 

  • Two differences between calibration and profiling

  • Three components required for input profiling

  • Tips for profile naming and potential renaming issues

  • Two important choices when selecting the input target

  • At least three choices for selecting your monitor white point


Topic #13: Output Profiling

This topic will provide an understanding of the output profiling process and the importance of choosing the correct target. Specific discussion items include:
 

  • Two differences between calibration and profiling

  • Three components required for output profiling

  • Three variables which will affect what target to use

  • Four steps in making an output profile

  • Output profile naming conventions


Topic #14: Applying ICC Profiles
This topic will provide an understanding of applying ICC profiles to your colour management system.

Specific discussion items include: 

  • Learning what conversion entails

  • Understanding how conversion takes place and variables of the conversion in the Colour Management System and the Colour Management Module (CMM)

  • Reviewing the application of colour management by assigning profiles and converting to profiles

 


Topic #15: Rendering Intents
This topic will provide an understanding of rendering intents and the preferences for compressing colour gamuts in a colour managed workflow. 

Specific discussion items include: 

  • Defining "gamut"

  • Defining "rendering intent"

  • Understanding how rendering intents are stored in ICC profiles

  • Reviewing the three basic rendering intents

  • Understanding where rendering intents are selected

  • Practical applications of these settings


Topic #16: Colour Variation and Delta E
This topic will provide an understanding of colour variation measurement in regards to the parameter of "Delta E". 

Specific discussion items include: 

  • Learning about the concept of conforming results

  • Understand the basics of collecting measurement data for conformance analysis

  • Discuss why only certain measurement metrics are appropriate

  • Defining “Delta E”

  • Understanding additional colour tolerancing formulas

  • Best practices for tolerancing


Topic #17: References and ICC Profiles
This topic will provide an understanding of colour reference spaces and their relation to ICC profiles. 
 

Specific discussion items include: 

  • Defining Reference spaces

  • Profile References for Scanners

  • Profile References for Digital Cameras

  • Profile References for Monitors

  • Understanding when to use a reference printing condition

  • Learning the benefit of using a reference printing condition

  • Understanding how to create references for scanners and printers


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The Fundamentals course covers a lot of ground, and on completion you will know exactly what is happening to your colour as you move it from device to device, program to program. Whether you're a photographer, graphic artist, designer, printer, or in any way involved with digital colour, the Fundamentals course will give you a new understanding of the subject.

Once you have the Fundamentals under your belt you may well know all you want or need to know. You'll receive your CMP Associate certificate. But once qualified as a CMP Associate, you can take further specialist courses that give you more knowledge of specialist subjects.

If you have any questions, or would like to know more about the course please call CMP-Master Craig Hudson on 01702 232500.

There are savings to be had booking multiple courses at the same time, and Hudson's are pleased to offer you an introductory 10% discount on all courses. To get your 10% discount book your course at the secure links below, and enter "CMPUK" in the discount code box. 

NOTE FOR HUDSON'S CUSTOMERS TAKING THE CMP COURSES: If you need to discuss any part of the course, want to get anything clear before taking the exam, or simply want someone to share your thoughts on the subject with whilst you're learning, please feel free to contact Craig on 01702 232500 who will be happy to help.