Color Management overview
Image Color Management (ICM) 2.0 is an operating system application programming interface (API) that helps to ensure that colors will be accurately and consistently represented on all of your publishing devices. Traditionally, color reproduction across scanners, monitors, printers, and applications have varied considerably for several reasons. Without a standard color management system, color results varied widely between both programs and hardware devices. Each program had to supply color profiles not only for the software itself, but also for many kinds of devices. As a result, color consistency was achieved largely through trial and error.
A color management system helps to overcome these limitations by providing a communication framework for software and publishing devices. A color profile is installed when a new device is added to your computer, and this profile is used every time colors are scanned, displayed, or printed. For simple publishing programs, color management can be configured to work automatically. However, full control is available for users with specialized needs, such as graphic artists and desktop publishers, who can manually specify which color profile a scanner, monitor, or printer uses, or which rendering intent is used for images or pages with special color-reproduction requirements. ICM provides a simple method for choosing alternative profiles.
You can use Display in Control Panel to configure some color management settings. For more information, click Related Topics.