Class Description

The basics of color science and digital color management are really topics all artists and photographers should take some time to learn about, especially artists who submit digital files to juried shows.

This presentation creatively explores the fundamental concepts behind digital color management with an array of practical examples.

There are two roads your colors can take once they’re in digital form.  As an artist or photographer, it’s important for you to understand the difference.  This presentation will not only explain the basics of digital color management, but will also help you gain an understanding of the foundation on which it’s built. This base of knowledge provides an essential prerequisite for anyone who wants to have confidence when dealing with images in digital form, whether that’s editing using photoshop, doing your own printing, using a print service, or judging art using a computer display or projector.

We’ll split color into its component parts, quantify it at a physical level, explore human perception and the quantification of human perception, then relate all of this foundational information to the practical application of ICC profiles on a computer.  We’ll explore the meaning of output device color gamuts, conversion options between gamuts, rendering intents, clipping, color characteristics of cameras and scanners, white point relativity, black point compensation, working space profiles, and much more.

The goal of this presentation is to help you reach several fundamental epiphanies that make the topic of color management, which can seem complex and daunting when first encountered, far more approachable.

About the Instructor

Brad Funkhouser graduated from The University of Texas in 1986 with a degree in Computer Science and has lived in the North Dallas area ever since.  He began using Photoshop with its initial release in 1990 and has actively ridden the leading edge in the emerging fields of digital imaging and color management, specializing in fine art reproduction services.  He loves to research technologies, experiment, refine processes, and teach what he’s learned.  While working with a multitude of talented artists on a wide variety of imaging projects, Brad has regularly provided individualized digital imaging consultation and training, allowing him to develop and hone his instructional skills over the years.


February 18th

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM



No supplies needed.