Color Management Fundamentals
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Setting color standards for the Adobe Creative Suite


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Color Management Fundamentals

with Joe Brady

Video: Setting color standards for the Adobe Creative Suite

Let's take a look at Color Settings for the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite. I've got a document here open in InDesign. This would also apply to Flash or Illustrator, or any other application in the Creative Suite where you're going to be bringing in images that are going to be output somewhere. Now in the suite you have the option to set a master setting that will apply to everything in the suite, or you can set each application up individually. And depending on where your images are going to go, you'll have to make that decision. Now we already set our Photoshop settings to ProPhoto RGB for our working space.
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  1. 2m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
  2. 15m 33s
    1. Understanding color spaces
      6m 0s
    2. Ensuring that you have the best possible image at capture
      4m 25s
    3. Understanding tools required for color management
      5m 8s
  3. 8m 6s
    1. Exploring what happens without color management
      3m 6s
    2. Understanding the basics of color workflow for photographers
      1m 48s
    3. Understanding the basics of color workflow for design and the web
      3m 12s
  4. 9m 43s
    1. Setting up a digital camera for the best image file
      3m 56s
    2. Exploring the benefits of custom camera profiles
      5m 47s
  5. 16m 7s
    1. Choosing a monitor, the window to the digital world
      2m 28s
    2. Understanding why you can't trust your eyes
      2m 31s
    3. Calibrating a display using ColorMunki Display
      6m 42s
    4. Calibrating a display using i1Pro 2
      4m 26s
  6. 9m 31s
    1. Understanding and choosing color settings in Photoshop
      3m 26s
    2. Understanding color workflow in raw applications, including Lightroom, Aperture, and Capture NX
      2m 50s
    3. Setting color standards for the Adobe Creative Suite
      3m 15s
  7. 54m 15s
    1. Choosing the best printer
      4m 37s
    2. Exploring the benefits of custom printer profiles
      3m 29s
    3. Comparing factory printer profiles to real-world printer profiles
      5m 31s
    4. Creating a printer profile with ColorMunki Photo
      5m 45s
    5. Creating a printer profile with i1Pro
      5m 13s
    6. Understanding color gamut and rendering intents
      3m 20s
    7. Soft proofing images in Photoshop
      6m 18s
    8. Getting prints that match the image in the soft proof
      3m 4s
    9. Soft proofing for lab printing and for the web
      3m 41s
    10. Soft proofing in Lightroom and other raw processing applications
      6m 16s
    11. Choosing the right fine-art paper
      7m 1s
  8. 2m 44s
    1. Next steps
      2m 44s

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Having a consistent color management workflow can help you accurately get prints that match the image on your monitor. In this course, follow along with Joe Brady as he takes you through the basics of color management for photography, design, and the web. First, you'll learn about the different color spaces (CMYK, ColorMatch, and sRGB) and how they influence your color workflow, and the tools you need to achieve accurate color. Then learn how and why to calibrate your camera and your monitor, configure the color settings in applications such as the Adobe Creative Suite and Aperture, and choose the best printer and paper for your style of artwork. Along the way, Joe takes you into a typical studio setup for lessons on the gear you need for at-home calibration and printing.

Topics include:
  • Understanding color spaces
  • Understanding the color workflow for photography vs. design and web
  • Setting up a digital camera for the best image results
  • Choosing a monitor
  • Calibrating a display using ColorMunki or i1Pro 2
  • Choosing color settings in Photoshop
  • Understanding color workflow in raw processing applications
  • Creating a custom printer profile
  • Soft-proofing images for printing on your own printer and for sending to a lab
Subjects:
Design Photography
Author:
Joe Brady

Setting color standards for the Adobe Creative Suite

Let's take a look at Color Settings for the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite. I've got a document here open in InDesign. This would also apply to Flash or Illustrator, or any other application in the Creative Suite where you're going to be bringing in images that are going to be output somewhere. Now in the suite you have the option to set a master setting that will apply to everything in the suite, or you can set each application up individually. And depending on where your images are going to go, you'll have to make that decision. Now we already set our Photoshop settings to ProPhoto RGB for our working space.

Probably not something you're going to do in InDesign, since printers that typically are going to be used with InDesign are going to be CMYK printers, or printers that are expecting an sRGB file. Let's go and take a look in InDesign. It's in the same place we saw it in Photoshop, Edit > Color Settings. And we get a menu that looks very familiar, again with the same defaults that we've seen before. And we have sRGB as our RGB default and U.S Web Coated as the CMYK. You can change these here if you already know. Maybe you're going out to a printer that you have its profile.

You could set that right here. We're going to leave it alone for right now. Just hit OK. And the other place that you can set the rest of the Creative Suite is actually in Adobe Bridge. Let's take a look over at Bridge here. And again in the same place, Edit > Color Settings. And you see all of the color settings listed here. And by the way, if you create a default in another application, in InDesign Photoshop, etc, you'll see it show up. And I created a default in Photoshop earlier, called JB Defaults and here it is.

I could make this the default for all my applications. Again, I'm not going to do this. Because I don't want InDesign to be ProPhoto RGB as its default setting. But, you can see, right now they're synchronized and I can just cancel that. I'm going to individually go in and change them so that they fit my needs. Remember Lightroom and Apple's Aperture work in ProPhoto RGB or a variation on it. All the time. So that's why I want my Photoshop to be in ProPhoto RGB as well. So let's go back in the InDesign because there's one other thing about the Color Settings that you get to apply upon output.

Kind of similar to what we saw in Lightroom, when you go to File > Export, let's go to a Adobe PDF Preset. We're going to create a High Quality Print file for a pdf. So we click on Save. And when we do that, one of the options is under Output. And you can see here color conversions. So regardless of what files were brought in, maybe it was an sRGB, or an Adobe RGB file, or maybe even a CMYK file, we can tell it on export to convert all those images to a specific color space.

So if we click on No Color Conversion, and change it to Convert to Destination, now we have our destination. So if we're going to a web press, CMYK, we know to switch it to here. Or maybe it's going out to a dry press that is expecting sRGB. When we do that and click on Export, all the images in that particular file will get converted to the correct color space without you having to do each of them individually, and this really makes things a lot faster. Probably the way you're going to want to work.

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