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In order to view your work flow settings, you'll need to click, on the blue hyperlink, at the bottom of the camera raw dialogue. The first thing, we're going to look at, is color space. There are four common color spaces. Adobe RBG, color match, pro photo, and SRGB. Because, color spaces, are a complex topic, I'm going to recommend ,that for this training series, you set your color space ,to ,Adobe RGB. Although, Adobe RGB, doesn't have all of the colors that a larger space like ProPhoto has, by using Adobe RGB, we have a good probability, that your monitor, assuming, that it's calibrated and profiled, will show you all of the colors in the image.
The next option, is, Bit Depth. You can either select, eight or 16 bit. I would recommend, that you work in 16 bit, because, there is more information, than, if you work in eight bit. The files will be larger, still, I think ,file size is a small price to pay, for better, image quality. If you simply want to hand off your file, at the same size, that you had captured it ,then ,you don't need to do anything else. The next three areas, you certainly, don't need to change when handing off your files, to, Photoshop.
The Image Sizing area ,allows you to hand off ,a specific size image. But, if you simply want, to take, the image that you're working on in camera raw and hand off, all of those pixles to Photoshop, then you don't need to do anything. If for a specific job, you know, that want to hand off, files at a specific size, then you can enable this, and, enter in the values, that you want. For example, if I had a 4" by 6" image that I wanted to export, I could go ahead and type in 6" by 4", and if I knew the resolution, I can enter, that as well.
For now, we're going to leave this off. There is an option, for, output sharpening, however I would recommend, if you're going to take the image into Photoshop, to continue, working on it. For example, you might want to do some retouching or dodging and burning. Then, I would leave off, the output sharpening, otherwise, Photoshop is going to sharpen, all the edges, and then when you work on that file further, you might be amplifying, that, sharpening. Instead, I would leave this unchecked and then when you're finished, retouching, your image in Photoshop, then, you would apply, the sharpening, for the output device, that you're going to.
Finally, there's an option, to open, in Photoshop, as smart objects, but, that's going to be discussed, in later videos. If you do take the time, to set up, workflow options, you might want to save this, as a preset and you can do that by using the pulldown menu. For now, let's go ahead and create, a workflow preset, I'll call it adobeRGB and 16 bit. When, I click okay, camera raw, will create that pre-set, and then ,you'll notice, that, I can select it from the list.
Not ,only could, I select it from the list here, but I want to show you a quicker, and faster way. Once, we click okay, if you right mouse click, or if you control click on Mac, you can select your pre-set, without ever going into the workflow options, so as we can see, these options, are quite, important, yet, they're easy to overlook, because ,of ,this small hyperlink. So, to create the correct file for your workflow, be sure that you check these workflow settings, before, opening your files, in, Photoshop.
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