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About Herb Paynter
First, let me put this right out front... I’m a color fanatic.
I even dream in color, which qualifies me as a color geek. Getting color to display and print accurately is not a new challenge for me, it’s been a life-long obsession. For almost five decades my career has been focused on accurate color reproduction. I have deep roots in the world of color as a photographer, graphic designer, pre-media specialist, pressman, consultant, software designer/developer, presenter and author.
In 1984, my printing ink and film emulsion world transposed into vectors and pixels. When I saw the Orwellian Macintosh ad during the 1984 Super Bowl, I somehow knew that my twenty-year romance with color was about to grow even deeper.
Within the decade I was deeply involved with publishing on the Mac. I founded one software company and consulted with another to design software for the digital publishing revolution. This software included Aldus/Macromedia Freehand and Adobe Photoshop plug-ins ScanPrep Pro, AutoPilot, and DeepBit Filters. ScanPrep Pro automation software won the Eddy Award in 1996.
By 1996 I became deeply involved in the development of color scanners, digital cameras, and color printers of all kinds. Twenty-one years later, I remain addicted to the quest for producing clear, colorful images in print.
I was on the Photoshop development team for many years as an Adobe Certified Software Designer-Developer and Beta test site. I developed digital camera and scanner software for many digital camera manufacturers and under contract to Minolta Corporation (Osaka) for six years. I've written numerous feature articles about digital imaging techniques, hardware and software product reviews for many photography, printing industry, and computer trade publications and served as a Contributing Editor to Photo Electronic Imaging (PEI) and Professional Photographer magazines.
I am an avid nature photographer (hpaynter.com), I've written more than fifteen iBooks on digital color, and produced an nine episode video series on the fundamentals of color and digital imaging. I am certified by IDEAlliance as a Color Management Professional in both Color Fundamentals and Pre-Media and have presented online webinars for IDEAlliance on Color Management for Photography. I provide image clarification, training, and print consulting services to several high-end city/regional magazines.
Personal Experience in Litho and Photo Image Reproduction
Color Separation / Color Management 41
Graphic Design 39
Sports Graphics 32
Scanning and Digital Imaging 34
Photography / Photo Retouching 43
Imaging Software Development 19
Digital and Large Format Printing 27