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Adjusting color settings

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Adjusting color settings

Have you ever been in a situation where the colors in an image looked great on your monitor, but when you printed the image the colors didn't look the same? Well, that's a problem of Color Management. Elements makes it as easy as possible to try to get the colors that you see when you're working on an image in Elements to match the Colors in your prints or in photos that you display on screen, but that's no easy task. The reason is that colors in the digital world are really just numerical values and those values have to be interpreted to become colors that we can see.

Adjusting color settings

Have you ever been in a situation where the colors in an image looked great on your monitor, but when you printed the image the colors didn't look the same? Well, that's a problem of Color Management. Elements makes it as easy as possible to try to get the colors that you see when you're working on an image in Elements to match the Colors in your prints or in photos that you display on screen, but that's no easy task. The reason is that colors in the digital world are really just numerical values and those values have to be interpreted to become colors that we can see.

Every digital device that you use, your camera, your monitor, your printer, your scanner, translates color values into visible colors in a unique way and that's what causes a potential lack of consistency of color from device to device. The solution is that manufacturers of printers and cameras and other digital devices came up with a system of adding small bits of information called ICC color profiles to digital images. You might think of color profiles as descriptions for your printer and other output devices of the way that you want colors in an image to be interpreted.

Elements uses this system of Color Profiles and in order to do that properly in Elements, you first have to set up the program's Color Settings. That's done in the Color Settings dialog box. To open that dialog box, I am going to go to the Edit menu and down to Color settings. Now this dialog box, although simplified in Elements, can be intimidating. So, let me explain what these choices mean and what I recommend that you do here. In this dialog box, you get to choose how you're going to manage Color in your images. The first choice, No Color Management, is not the one that I recommend.

If you choose No Color Management, then you are allowing Elements to display Colors in a file using the idiosyncratic way that your particular monitor displays Color and that isn't necessarily the way that Colors are going to be displayed anywhere else, in a print or on anyone else's monitor, to whom you send an image or who have used the image on the web. Also if you do choose No Color Management, there will be no Color Profile attached to your photo. And so the next device down the line, say your printer, won't know how you expect the Colors in the photo to be interpreted.

So, No Color Management, not a good choice. The next choice, the default, Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens is a good choice if most of the photos that you work on are ones that you share with other people online, either by attaching them to emails or on a website or on a blog or by posting them to Face Book or Flickr or some other social media site or even if you're making a slideshow or you're preparing photos for a PowerPoint presentation that is going to be displayed on a computer screen.

This choice, Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens, keeps the colors that you see on screen within a color range known as the as the sRGB color range, as it says here. The sRGB color range reflects the way that most computer monitors, at least on a PC, display Color. So, this choice is best for images that will be displayed on screen, as I said. However, if you're someone who usually prints their photos on a Desktop Inkjet printer then the best choice for you is not Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens but rather Always Optimize for Printing.

This will display your photos based on a range of colors within the Adobe RGB color space, which is a much broader range of colors than the sRGB color space. So this choice is a better bet when you're preparing images for print. The last choice, Allow Me to Choose, may sound like a good one, but actually this choice is going to give you a headache because if you select the Allow Me to Choose option, then every time that you open a file that doesn't contain a Color Profile, Elements is going to ask you what you want to do and that means that you have to make a Color Management decision over and over again.

So, I don't suggest selecting Allow Me to Choose. Instead, as I said, if you generally prepare images for print, then choose Always Optimize for Printing. If you generally prepare images for viewing on screen, choose Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens. And that's the choice that I am going to select. When I'm satisfied with my choice, I will click OK. One more thing, if you really want your Color Settings to do their job, you have to calibrate your monitor and that means setting your monitor to its standard settings and generating a Color Profile for your monitor, which describes how your particular monitor interprets Color.

The way to do that is to go out and purchase and then use a hardware calibrator, which you can buy from a number of different third-party manufacturers and that's another important step in your Color Management workflow in Elements.

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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