The density range of a color transparency greatly exceeds the density range capacity of reproductions with ink on paper. It is therfore necessary to perform tone compression. Traditionally, tone compression is accomplished by the color separator and involves subjective decisions without input from the photographer. Tone reproduction of the final image is a result of image manipulation by different people in production who are not in communication with each other. Consequently, image quality may suffer and important image detail may be lost as a result of improper estimates.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Color separation; Photomechanical processes--Evaluation; Color printing--Evaluation
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Scala, Michael Grant, "A study of the accuracy of reproduction of measured photography: A method to equate the tonal range of the color transparency to the tonal of the photomechanical reproduction" (1990). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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