Job Properties - Color Adjustment Tab

(see also: Job Properties Overview)

The Color Adjustment tab provides some advanced tools to manually adjust the output color. This tool can have drastic affects on the output of your color if you are unsure what you are doing.

Each color channel is listed separately as a curve that determines what percentage of coverage is used (output) for a specified percentage in the original image (input).




Shows the changes in your color settings reflected in the preview pane.

Print Negative


Prints the job as a photo negative



Select the color channel you want to edit.



The input value for the selected point



The output value for the point that is selected on the curve.

Linearization Chart

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This gives you a visual cue about the changes made. Each Channel in the Channel drop down can have its own linearization curve adjustment, or you can set it to all to adjust each channel. You you can click the line to manually adjust the curve, or you can input values in the Input and Output fields.



Adjusts the amount of contrast in the image.

This setting is only available when All color channels are selected.



Adjusts the vividness of the image. Higher settings boost color saturation and brightness at the expense of color fidelity and detail. Lower settings decrease color saturation and brightness, but increase contrast.

This setting is only available when All color channels are selected. Also, you must have an ICC profile selected in the Color Management tab.

mceclip8.png Click the Variations button to open the Variations dialog. See below.


Click to edit the color settings in the image using a more advanced model.


This setting is only available when All color channels are selected. Also, you must have an ICC profile selected in the Color Management tab.


Higher values make all colors in the image lighter in shade. Lower values darken the colors in the image.

Global Hue This setting adjusts the overall hue of the picture. It can make the image bluish, or sepia-toned. For this setting, the range of values from -100% to +100% represents the spectrum of colors that you can apply to the image.
Saturation Higher values increase the amount of color in the image, but can reduce the contrast and detail. Lower values reduce the amount of color.


Deletes the selected point from the curve.



Restores the values and settings for the current channel to its original states.

Reset All


Restores the values and settings for all channels to their original states.


Variations Dialog


The Variations dialog gives you a hands-on visual approach to adjusting the color. There are two tabs: 

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  • Brightness, Contrast, Vividness mceclip20.png


Adjust Color

Click a setting on the left to color shift the entire job. When you do so, the "Current Setting" preview will update with the new color in two places:

  • On the right, you can compare the image to the original setting

  • In the center of the color wheel if you wish to make further adjustments


To adjust how much adjustment is made each time you select a color, use the slider.

Brightness, Contrast, Vividness

If you do not have a color profile selected, this tab will only show Contrast. Otherwise, you can use the same steps above to adjust the Brightness, Contrast, and Vividness of the image:


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