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In this installment of his Photoshop CS5 Extended One-on-One series, Deke McClelland shows how to draw six varieties of volumetric objects and manipulate them in 3D space. The course covers how to make 3D objects from 2D layers, work with predefined 3D shapes such as spheres and cubes, import 3D models drawn in other programs, and maximize the power of the Repoussé feature. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this movie I'm going to review my recommended color settings for achieving the best results when working inside Photoshop CS5 Extended. Now these are the exact same color settings I've recommended in my previous One-on-One courses, so once again, if you've done in the past, you don't need to do it again. Otherwise, go up to the Edit menu and choose the Color Settings command, or you can press Ctrl+Shift+K, Command+Shift+K on the Mac in order to bring up this dialog box and the first change we're going to make is to switch the RGB space. Now by default it's set to sRGB, which is a consumer color space, it's designed to simulate a worst-case scenario monitor, it is not for us, we're going to get much better results or wider color gamut, if we switch from sRGB to Adobe RGB, like so.
CMYK is between you and your commercial print house, so if you work with the pre-press groups then go ahead and contact them and find out what CMYK settings you should be using. Next, go over to the More Options button and click on it and there are two changes I recommend down here. First of all, I turn off Use Dither, and what that means is when you're converting between color spaces, by default Photoshop going to add a little bit of noise, it is going to rough up the colors in order to basically achieve closer color equivalents. However, that also means if you specifically decided an area of color needed to be one flat color, one solid color, and in my opinion it's just not worth it, you don't really achieve tremendously better results with Dither on, so I turn it off.
Next, I go ahead and change intent from relative color metric, which is actually great for graphical work and we will be doing graphical work in this series. However, for photographic work, perceptual tends to be better and it does a better job of preserving gradual transitions between colors and we're going to have a lot of that inside of our 3D artwork as well. All right, once you've done that then go ahead and click on the Save button and I recommend that you call this file, and, by the way, you want to save it exactly where Photoshop sends you, don't go to a different folder.
I like to call this file Best Workflow CS5, it will work across all the CS5 applications, including Illustrator and InDesign and so forth. Then click the Save button. You'll get this description field right here; you can type in your own description if you want to. If you want to add my description, I've already created one in advance. Then you can go ahead and switch over to this file, which is called Best Workflow description.txt, open it inside of any text editor, go ahead and grab that text and copy it, like so.
You can press Ctrl+C, Command+C on the Mac. Then go back to Photoshop and just press Ctrl+V or Command+V on a Mac in order to paste, click OK, and the deed is done. You now have your settings saved as Best Workflow CS5. Initially your colors will be unsynchronized between the various applications. If you have the entire create of suite, and you've got the Adobe Bridge, then you would go ahead and load this Best Workflow CS5 file inside the Bridge using the Bridge's color settings Command. In any case I'm just going to leave it at Photoshop here, I'll click OK, and we have now applied what I believe to be the best color settings for working inside Photoshop.
Now if this in any way shape or form messes you up, if you end up getting colors that you don't like, if all your images start looking different, if your images start printing different, there is a very slight chance that kind of stuff is going to happen, but if it does, then you can reset back to the previous color settings, easy as pie. All you do is you go up to the Edit menu, you choose a Color Settings command again, and then you switch your settings from best workflow CS5, back to the defaults, which in this country are North America General Purpose 2.
That will take you back to the sRGB space, which as I say, big mistake, but you can do it and things will look the way that they used to. Then go ahead and click OK. I don't recommend that though, so I'm going to click Cancel, just want you to know that option is available to you. In the next movie I'm going to show you how to setup your workspace.
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