Drag & Publish

All devices in digital workflow chain as digital camera, scanner, monitor or printer produce colors diffrerently. Color Management is a technology that primarily controls and sets these devices up to deliver consistent, predictable color from one device to the next.


Color Management In Practice

All of us, even the professional editor, has likely experienced a following situation in his/her early professional career: you transfer photos from your digital camera or a memory card to a computer where you process the images so that they end up shining with bright and beautiful colors.

But when you have them printed, those wonderful colors are no longer so beautiful or, especially, so rich and vibrant. Even a same photo reproduction can have completely different results on two similar output devices.

It's because monitors and printers use completely different color spaces with different descriptions of colors. To avoid color mismatch, we need to introduce Color Management into our work process. This term refers to a set of procedures and rules designed to ensure the most faithful reproduction of the original image in various media.

All images in our photo stock library are processed in accordance with the principles of Color Management. This is a prerequisite to obtain a rights-managed photograph ready straight for publishing, whether in print or electronic media. All this preparation has already been carried out for you so that your time saved can be devoted to other work. Since all the photos are edited in the Adobe RGB profile (which serves as both the input and the output profile), your only remaining task is to assign the appropriate CMYK profile for the purpose of printing, or sRGB profile in case of using the image in the electronic media.

Drag & Publish Process

During the entire phase of rights-managed image processing the work is carried out on devices which are calibrated for high accuracy using spectrophotometric measuring devices. Already during the initial scanning gets the photograph assigned a color profile, which then remains unchanged during the entire editing process in the graphics editor. It is for this reason, that the losses resulting from the conversion of profiles are completely minimized.

Any color adjustments are processed on specialized and hardware-calibrated monitors with minimal chromatic aberration, which results in the photographs achieving faithful color and tonal reproduction.

Each photo is scanned into the native 16-bit depth at 300 dpi resolution. This value was chosen as the maximum to be used in the press, in the electronic media the most common resolution is only 72 dpi. Native 16-bit depth and high-resolution of photos enable a much greater range of adjustments without compromising the color gradient because it contains more tone levels than its 8-bit equivalent.

Besides running it at 16-bit depth the scanning is processed in the 16-multiple scan mode, which means the scanner runs up 16 passes on a slide and the individual results are automatically interpolated. This process allows a remarkable decrease in image noise and pulls out more highlights and shadow details. When editing the photos no sharpening is used, because it is a fairly destructive type of adjustment, which, moreover, is not feasible in the universal format. Each client needs to set individual values of this filter according to his/her preferences, depending on how and where the photo is intended to be used.

Although multiple scanning causes "softening" of the edges, it allows at the same time the sharpening of the image at a much higher rate when compared to the original artwork. So even if you use a higher rate of sharpening, you still get a very sharp image with smooth tonal gradations, and a minimum degree of posterization.

The resulting effect is multiplied by the fact that the photos are captured on professional reversal films with extra fine granularity and great color saturation.


In terms of professional preparation for printing, each of the image includes:

  • Assigned specific color profile unchanged throughout the whole process of printing preparation;
  • Color optimization and saturation configured in a way that any posterization is avoided;
  • Contrast adjusted in a way that any loss of detail in dark and bright tones is prevented;
  • Optimized configuration of the tonal range, i.e. minimum and maximum printer dot;
  • Without resampling: images are scanned at the same resolution equivalent to their output;
  • Without any sharpening, or any other destructive filter being applied;
  • 16-multiple scanning to remove noise and get better detail.

After purchasing and downloading of the RM image each client will receive the product ready for further use without any further cost-demanding graphics work. We are able to provide this service because of the 16-bit depth and especially due to the fact that the ownership of the films enables us to maintain full control over the whole process of preparation for publishing.



Images are processed in accordance with color management rules.

All images offered in the photo stock library are processed in accordance with the principles of Color Management and all photo editing is completed on film scanners and graphic monitors, which are calibrated with professional spectrophotometers. Color adjustments are processed on monitors with minimal chromatic aberration, which achieves that the produced images being faithful reproductions of their original artwork. Each photo is professionally prepared for publishing in RGB color space, the setting of white and black point dot is optimized, while maintaining the tonal range as large as possible. The initially assigned color profile does not undergo any further changes and all conversion losses are minimized. Upon downloading, the client receives a product which is ready for use without having to do any further time and cost-demanding graphics work.

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Your choice to download 16-bit high quality image or 8-bit jpg format.

A significant benefit for a client is the option of downloading either the 8-bit version of the selected photo with the usual JPG extension (smaller file size sufficient for web applications or presentations in digital media), or the 16-bit version at the lossless TIFF format. The latter option is of great importance for the more demanding clients when used for high quality printing as it allows a much greater range of adjustments than the 8-bit version of the same image. High-bit depth significantly reduces color distortion resulting from the loss of data occuring when editing photos. The benefits of having images with high color depth can only be realized if such a file is available right from the very beginning of the process. All images in our portfolio are captured on professional reversal films with extra fine granularity, which are then subsequently scanned into the native 16-bit depth.

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We protect your rights: No sharing with any other stock collection.

Our photo stock library offers images exclusively and solely from our own portfolio. We do not share any image collections with other stock libraries and none of our photos are available in any other stock libraries or at other suppliers and distributors. We are the sole and exclusive owners of the film originals, therefore we have full control over the entire image processing, from the initial source file creation to the final photo adjustments and thus, we can guarantee the highest quality of the final product to the client. Equally important advantage of having our own portfolio is the thorough control over the copyright of each photograph, which nowadays in the segment of RM images takes on even greater importance. Full control over the history of the image use gives our clients the assurance that photos have never been used before being included in our portfolio and no copies of our images have ever been created.

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Create own template with larger dimensions than original image.

Cleggstock offers Edit Friendly images, which allow the client to create a photo of a larger dimension than the one originally purchased without losing the image quality. Edit Friendly image has one or more edges defined as a solid color, i.e. constant and precisely defined RGB values, such a version will be provided to the client free of charge as a bonus when buying a photograph. You will find these values listed under My Account/My Purchases section next to the purchased image in the Edit Friendly section. It is possible to set RGB values as the background values in the graphics editor based on the needs of each client. Then, by extending the original downloaded image in the direction of the calibrated edge the client can set such a dimension and proportion for the final image, that will suit the purpose of its use.

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