Last Updated: 30/10/2015


welcome to the website of Neil Barstow, colourmanagement and imaging specialist


Hi, I'm Neil Barstow. 25 years in advertising photography led to a career as a colourmanagement specialist. Since 2002 I've been sharing information about colour management and providing related services and sales. It's a process I began to learn about whilst solving my own print problems in collaboration with Pixl in Denmark, eventually covering the whole colourmanagement area. Over the years I've worked with a wide range of those involved in digital imaging; from students, beginners and retired hobbyists to professional photographers, offset printers, artists, designers and big companies like Christie's the Art auctioneers. 
I aim to free up those I work with from the drudgery and stress of dealing with visual inconsistency in the imaging chain which can affect digital capture, display screens & printers. Inconsitency can even get in the way of signing off on completed commissions. Continuity of appearance across various devices and media is the goal of good colourmanagement.

I'd like to work with you to help you to solve your colourmanagement problems and, ideally, to help you learn how to think this through; so you can help yourself when issues pop up. Maybe it's a little advice, perhaps workflow optimisation, screen calibration, printer profiling or installation of a proofing system. I am ready to come out to work on your system, or to support you remotely by phone, email or remote access. We can have a free introductory chat or we can meet for a survey/assessment or set-up session.

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There's lots of information here, basic to in-depth, which will, I hope, help you to either begin to grasp the "idea" of colourmanagement or to learn a little more. 

I can also supply much of the specialist gear and consumables you might need, but, before spending money, let's discuss what's really needed and come up with best options.

ECI chartI bring a high level of service and understanding to many areas of colourmanagement in digital imaging and print. Installation services cover areas as simple and vital as display calibration and profiling or desktop printer profiling. Many clients appreciate solid advice on and supply of related equipment and software. If your business is Repro. Design or Fine Art Printing I can help with RIP installation and RIP setup. One speciality is Proofer setup for proofing to ISO standards and ISO Proof Certification. I can work with you on Printing Press setup and ISO 12647 press standardisation. I also specialise in training.

If you'd like to be able to preview what you will see in final print or reproduction either on screen or as a printed proof, I am here to help.

client feedback for on-site work:

Dylan Collard logoDylan Collard: "Neil, I have to say your profiles rock!  Started doing tests for my new portfolio and its so easy to print as everything looks exactly like it does on screen!  Seriously impressed and loving it!"   www

Christie's LondonGordon Baird, Christie's: "I can't shower sufficient praise on Neil Barstow for his professional guidance,  diligent involvement,  and support given to the production team.   We would unreservedly recommend his services to anyone wishing,  seriously,  to implement robust colour management practice within their organisation." more here

Photoworks logoAndy Cahill of Photoworks: "I have always been a sceptic of training as I feel that reading and research can do the same job. This was certainly not the case working with Neil, the one to one sessions we have are invaluable. It has given me complete confidence of the past 10 years working digitally as a photographer"  www          

more client feedback here

what is colourmanagement? 

profile page iconDo you need colourmanagement? If you deal with the assessment or editing of images on-screen, you certainly do. Perhaps have a look here colourmanagement, why me?
ideally, set up right, colourmanagement should be an invisible helper. Like the computerised engine system of a modern car, if you're aware it's there and that it's important enough to keep well maintained, that's enough.
Some basic understanding of colourmanagement, as it applies to daily work, can be very valuable; but you don't need to swallow the entire pill, it's too big to swallow whole anyway. 

testimageIn digital imaging, the preservation of original colour, tone and detail right through to the end result is a vital requirement. As imaging evolves and printing improves, the quality of archives will inevitably be increasingly important. That's our business, quality. Unfortunately, working hard to earn a living and, at the same time, using internet forums and websites in an attempt to come to terms with the concepts of colourmanagement and the way it protects image quality is a bewildering experience for many users. You can download our testimage here copyright PixlAps & Neil Barstow 2004 / (1MB zip file)

hassel picMy 25 years experience in high end advertising photography means that I can help clients come to terms with the technology and, thus, properly capitalise on the very significant advantages of an accurate digital workflow - and you'll get there fast. Just need a fix for an Epson printer which gives unpredictable results? - a simple look over your set-up? - full implementation of colourmanagement? - I am here to help. Please don't be put off by apparent complexity, it's actually pretty simple once well explained and understood in your own work environment. 
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You can get started with help for free from Neil Barstow, please click here, read the info and use the link to get in touch.  

I hope you enjoy your visit and find the information you need here on my website. Your feedback is useful and very welcome, click here to send an email automatically and let me know what you think.