Color Quality - A Judgment Skill

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Color Quality - A Judgment Skill is a 44-page booklet of essays that describe all facets of color excellence, the color decision-making process, and a strategy for enhancing color quality judgment skills.  

Author Gary G. Field explores color quality choices with the following factors in mind:

  • Facets of Quality
  • The Color Quality Decision
  • Developing Color Quality Judgment Skills
  • Elements of Innate Excellence
  • Color Essentials: Understanding Color and Quality for the Graphic Arts and Sciences

color quality take one

Color Reproduction Excellence is a pamphlet that provides a set of guidelines that touch upon many "It depends" factors that need to be considered before effective color quality decisions can be made.  

The set of guidelines are organized by three separate stages:

  • Preliminary Production Choices: Suitability Selection
  • Prepress Image Manipulation: Proof OK
  • Press Optimization and Control: Press OK

color quality checklist

Color Quality Checklist is a mobile phone-sized reminder to use during the color planning and OK processes. It incorporates an useful black Dmax and neutrality bar. The checklist also features a QR code that links to the Color Reproduction Excellence pamphlet.  

About the Author

Gary G. Field is a leading authority on color reproduction and print quality. His contributions to the printing industry in these fields have been widely recognized through such awards as the TAGA Honors Award, the Institute of Printing’s Gold Medal, and the GATF Robert F. Reed Technology Medal.  

Professor Field, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, entered the printing industry as an apprentice camera operator in 1960. He worked as a color separator and printing technologist at a number of companies in Australia and England prior to being appointed supervisor of GATF’s Color and Photography Research Division. His research at GATF helped establish the basis for the SWOP guidelines. Subsequently, Professor Field has taught and conducted research in color quality related topics at Carnegie Mellon University and the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he is now Emeritus Professor.  

Professor Field earned several qualifications in Melbourne prior to undertaking advanced studies in printing science and technology in England at the Nottingham Trent University. He also earned both the Fellowship and Insignia Award in Technology from the City and Guilds of London Institute, an MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist certification from the Royal Photographic Society.  

Author of the books Color Printing Excellence, Color and Its Reproduction, Color Essentials Volumes 1, 2, and 3, The Field Guide to Color Reproduction, Color Scanning and Imaging Systems, Tone and Color Correction, and Printing Production Management, Professor Field also has written over 80 technical articles and research papers. He coauthored, with George W. Jorgensen, Test Images for Printing, and authored the introduction and new material supplement for the updated reprint edition of John A.C. Yule’s Principles of Color Reproduction.  


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Pricing Information

  • Color Quality - A Judgment Skill -

              Booklet $8.95


  •  Color Reproduction Excellence -

             Download PDF


  •  Color Quality Checklist -

             Pocket-sized Guide $1.95

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