Information on Color Spaces and Rendering Intent

Article ID: ART169928 | Date published: 04/04/2018 | Date last updated: 04/04/2018


Information on Color Spaces and Rendering Intent



What Is Color Space?

A color space is a range of colors that can be represented; each device has its own color space.

For example, when the same image is displayed on two types of monitor, the color tones may appear different from each other. One cause of this is the difference in color spaces.

Since the appearance varies by color space, it is important to consider color spaces when performing color management.

sRGB and Adobe RGB

While the color space varies by device, you cannot unify color tones under the use of different color spaces.

sRGB and Adobe RGB are color spaces designed to enable communication between devices in a unified color space. The graph below shows the color spaces of sRGB and Adobe RGB.

1 Visible region
2 Adobe RGB
3 sRGB
4 Printer

Each color space has the following characteristics.

  sRGB Adobe RGB
Overview An international standard established by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) A definition of color space proposed by Adobe Systems Incorporated
Characteristic Widely used in general The color space that can be represented is wider than sRGB
Advantage Easy to handle since it is the range of colors that can be reproduced on many devices Wide range of reproducible colors; vivid color reproducibility is especially high
Disadvantage Narrower range of reproducible colors compared to Adobe RGB The number of devices that can reproduce the wide color space is small

The Printer's Color Space

Canon PRO series inkjet printers can print in a color space wider than sRGB.
By using Adobe RGB, you can perform vivid printing in a wider color space, maximizing the printer's performance.

Color Space Settings in Print Studio Pro

Print Studio Pro automatically retains the color space set in the image editing software and converts it to an appropriate color space as needed. Therefore, color management can be performed without considering the color space.

Rendering Intent

Prints by utilizing the color space that can be reproduced on the printer. Select this when you want to print with an impression close to that on the monitor since the characteristics of the data displayed on the monitor will be reflected correctly.
Relative Colorimetric
Converts the image to the printer's color space in a way that the image's colors that are within the common color gamut are reproduced to the nearest level. Select this when you want to print in colors that are close to the original image.


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