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In order to get the most out of Photoshop and in order to have a really effective photographic workflow, one of the things that we need to do is we need to change our default Color Settings. We can do so by navigating to the Edit pulldown menu and then by selecting Color Settings. This will open up the Color Settings dialog. Now, by default, when you install Photoshop, the Working Color Space is going to be sRGB. Now, that would be fine if you are going to do stuff for a Web site, but in our case, we are interested in photography.
We are interested in having a wider gamut. In other words, we are interested in having access to more colors and higher quality photographs. In that case what we want to do is change our Working Space to at least Adobe RGB (1998). Now, if there are users out there who are using Lightroom, you know that Lightroom uses a ProPhoto RGB Color Space when exporting in order to take advantage of all of the different controls in depth that we have inside of Lightroom. So if you are a Lightroom user, I recommend ProPhoto.
Now, in this training title I will assume that most of you are just using Photoshop. So I am going to stick with Adobe RGB (1998), in order to have a more common denominator. That being said, on my own system, in my studio, I do choose that ProPhoto Color Space, but for here, Adobe RGB (1998) will be fine. CMYK, we are going to use that U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2. That will be fine. Our Gray, we want to change to a Gray Gamma of 2.2. Now, the next thing that we want to take a look at is our Color Management Policies.
Here what we want to do is we want to make sure to Preserve our Embedded Profiles. Profiles, you can kind of think of like tags on garments. For example, if you buy a t-shirt, what you do is you look at the tag and it says this t-shirt is a size large. Okay, that will fit me. Imagine buying t-shirts without those tags. There would be such guesswork. So in order to remove the guesswork from our overall color workflow, we want to preserve the profiles. We want to preserve the way a file has been tagged in a particular color space.
Now, if there are Mismatches, what we want to do is Ask When Opening and Pasting, and if there are Missing Profiles, we want to Ask When Opening. Again, this will add clarity to our overall workflow. It will help us define what color space we are actually working in, so that we can create images that have the widest gamut possible and the best detail and ultimately are the most reproducible from what we are seeing on our screen and what will eventually come out of a printer.
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