Date(s) - 3 August, 2020
9:30 am to 4:30 pm


Colour management is the process of ensuring consistent colour appearance from your screen to the real world. The real world could be ink on paper, dye on fabric or food, banners and signs, or physical products such as merchandise and apparel – anything, really, that you can feel or touch.

This course is design to assist you create consistent colour for your printed documents, publications or merchandise. You’ll learn how to calibrate and optimise your production environment, office or studio; how to communicate successfully with your printer; how to use and define colour profiles for your own printer or device and much more.


Introductory to intermediate

Intended audience

Graphic designers or creative professionals working with printed media of any kind.

Assumed knowledge

Basic competence in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop. You need not be an expert but you should be familiar with at least some of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications.


By the end of this course you should be able to achieve competence in achieving consistent colour across multiple devices and physical outputs. Specifically you will be able to:

  • Thoroughly understand the progression of colour from RGB to CMYK.
  • Calibrate your monitor with confidence.
  • Create and apply an ICC device profile to your screen.
  • Create a PDF that is fit-for-purpose and ready to print on any medium.

Course Outline

  • Defining the colour problem.
  • Defining our terms: hue, saturation, luminance, value
  • Subtractive vs. Additive colour
  • Colour spaces – RGB, CMYK, LAB, XYZ and beyond.
  • Colour models – HSV, HSL, RGB
  • Understanding device gamut
  • Understanding colour profiles and the ICC
  • Why we need calibration
  • Calibrating your workflow
  • Creating an ICC profile for your devices
  • When and how to convert images to CMYK
  • Publishing for digital distribution
  • Publishing for printed media
  • What to ask your printer (for designers)
  • What to ask your designer (for printers)
  • FOGRA 39 and PDF/X
  • Proofing and feedback

Course Materials

  • Detailed digital slides (can be printed on request).
  • Unlimited follow-up support after the course

Course convenor

Craig Kirkwood, Founder and CEO of Colourverse.


Bookings are closed for this event.