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Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced, the second part of the popular and comprehensive series, updated for CS5, follows internationally renowned Photoshop guru Deke McClelland as he dives into the workings of Photoshop. He explores such digital-age wonders as the Levels and Curves commands, edge-detection filters, advanced compositing techniques, vector-based text, the Liquify filter, and Camera Raw. Deke also teaches tried-and-true methods for sharpening details, smoothing over wrinkles and imperfections, and enhancing colors without harming the original image. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisite: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
In this exercise I am going to show you how to re-establish what I believe to be the best color settings inside of Photoshop and the other creative suite applications. Now Color Settings is Photoshop and Adobe's word really for color management policies, inside the various programs. They help ensure that you achieve consistent prints, so that what you see onscreen is more or less what you get from your printer. But even more important they help establish consistent color onscreen between the different applications and on the web as well.
Now by default these Color Settings are set up for consumers. Basically, Adobe is using 'the' consumer color space out there which is sRGB and I believe we can do better than that. We want to set Photoshop up for working professionals and that's what we are going to do here. Now I have this file that I have provided for you called Best Workflow CS5.csf and it's available as usual inside of that 00_setup folder right there. There it is and you may see a prettier icon associated with it, but whatever.
What we need to do is copy it to a specific location on your hard drive. Now these are the locations under Windows XP right here, this is location; you go to your C: drive\Documents and Settings\ your username, which is your Login name, Application Data, not AppData but application data, Adobe\Color\Settings. Each one of these is a separate folder, separated by a backslash under Windows 7 and Vista, it's this path right there, it's AppData this time, not Application Data, roaming, blah, blah, blah.
However, here is the good news. Under the PC this is a big pain in the neck. I know that doesn't sound like good news, and you have to turn on hidden files and you have to have the folder options get angry at you, and all sort of weird stuff. Well, I have found a quicker way for you PC users and having to dig around your Hard Drive. You Macintosh users on the other hand, you are going to have to dig around your Hard Drive. The good news is that it's not as hard on the Mac to dig around. And I will come back to PC people in a moment, so just sit tight. So, on the Mac you go to the Finder level, the desktop level of your computer.
You choose Go-->Home and then that takes you to your User folder, which is either your name or the Login name, what have you, and you copy those color settings, as we just saw a moment ago. You copy that file to this folder right here. So you have to go to the Library folder and the Macintosh convention is to divide folder names with forward slashes by the way. So you open up your Library folder, you open the Application Support folder, you open the Adobe folder, you open the Color folder, there in you will find a Settings folder, so each one of these is a different folder.
This will probably be empty, there will probably be nothing there, and then though, you go ahead and take this file and copy it to that folder, and then you join me for the rest of this exercise. If you are working on a PC, I want you to just go to that file, right-click on Best Workflow CS5.csf and choose the Copy command. So we will copy it and then we will paste it into the right location. All right, now go to Photoshop, everybody, whether you are working on a Mac or a PC. Go to Photoshop, go up to the Edit menu and choose the Color Settings command, or you have got a keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+K, Command+Shift+K on the Mac, and that brings up this dialog box right here.
Now by default here in States our settings are North American General Purpose 2, if you are in another country you may see something different. But here is what I want you to do. I want to click on the Load button, with any luck if you are on the Mac, it will take you to this Settings folder and you will see Best Workflow CS5.csf just sitting there, click on it, and then click on the Load button. That's all you should have to do on a Mac. On the PC, check this out, inside this folder which is currently empty, you will right-click and you will choose Paste.
So you are just going to put the file in there. Then once it's in there, like so, you click on it, so Best Workflow CS5.csf and you click Load, and Bob is your uncle, you are ready to go. You have got this darn thing loaded and you can employ it here inside of Photoshop as well as inside the other Adobe applications. Now, in the next exercise, I am going to go ahead and walk you through the options we changed. So those of you who are still having problems can just set things up manually and save out your own settings, and those of you who aren't having problems know what in the world we did go, I will go ahead and click OK and wait for you to join me then.
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