KCMS Application Developer's Guide

Evaluating Color Data Through the Complete Profile

The final color-conversion step is to use the KcsEvaluate() function. KcsEvaluate() applies a color transformation based on the supplied CCP. One of the following operations is associated with the evaluation. These operations are illustrated in Figure 2-3.

Figure 2-3 Profile Load Hint Operations



The forward operation is used to transform color from the scanner form to the monitor form.


The reverse operation is used to transform color from the monitor form to the scanner form. This is useful if your application modifies some colors in monitor space, to keep the greatest number of colors that can be converted back and stored in the scanner's color space.

A more familiar use of the reverse operation is to transform the color from printer to monitor form to see what the data looks like from the printer.


The simulate operation is used to simulate the effect of running color data through a CCP, but retaining it in the form of the last device profile. For example, the simulate operation can produce monitor data that simulates the result of printed data.


The gamut-test operation is used to determine if each color in the source data is within the gamut of the destination device. Physical devices have a range of colors they can produce. This range of colors is known as the gamut of the device.