posted this on August 2, 2010, 1:47 PM
Our Corrections System
AdoramaPix technicians enhance every image in your print order by fixing some common photographic snafus like exposure and color correction. How do they know what color your photos are supposed to be? They know what they’re doing. Our technicians aren’t short term employees who are working part time while they focus on something else, they are professionally trained photographers whose job is to make sure every print that leaves our hands looks great. We use state-of-the-art equipment and software, and have the advantage of color-calibrated monitors/displays for consistently performing color and brightness correction. AdoramaPix strongly suggests that you upload the original images right from your camera and leave it to our trained tech to adjust the image spatially if you don't have a properly color calibrated monitor. Color changes made by you may look good on your monitor but the actual print won’t look the same. Even cropping should be done through our website after uploading.
Custom image corrections
For professionals or advanced amateurs who would like to have total control over the color and the density of the final prints, you can do so by telling us not to change anything in your image, so that AdoramaPix technicians do not overwrite the color correction you've applied to the photos in your order. If you decide to choose this option make sure that your monitor is properly color corrected. You may ask, how do I calibrate my monitor? It’s easier than it sounds. Check out the tutorial at http://www.drycreekphoto.com/Learn/monitor_calibration.htm
You’ll also want to download the Adorama ICC printer profile here: (Updated 31-Mar-2011)
Storing profiles in /Library/ColorSync/Profiles allows all users to use them. An alternative area, for users without Admin privileges, is /Users//Library/ColorSync/Profiles — any profiles stored here are available only to the current user. The ColorSync Utility gives access to the details of individual profiles, shows gamut plots, can rename profiles, validates profile structure, among other useful tasks.
Microsoft has a Control Panel Applet that emulates some of the functionality of Apple's ColorSync utility. It allows easy installation and removal of profiles, editing of internal and external names, viewing 3-D gamut plots, comparing two different profiles, and much more.
If you do not use the Color Applet, the easiest way to install a profile in Windows XP is to right click on the profile in Windows Explorer and select "install profile". Windows copies the profile to the correct directory automatically.
Important note: If you are replacing a profile in Windows XP, the above shortcut does not work. The profiles must be manually copied to the correct directory for the original profile to be replaced.
See above note on installing profiles in Windows XP. The same technique works in Windows 2000.