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Photoshop CS5 for Photographers provides comprehensive Photoshop training targeting the needs of photographers. In this course, author Chris Orwig demonstrates the fundamental skills used to enhance digital photos, including managing and correcting color, sharpening, making selections and adjustments, retouching, and printing from Photoshop. In addition to teaching the techniques that enable photographers to refine and publish their photos, the course includes live-action segments that encourage thinking photographically and shooting with Photoshop’s capabilities in mind. Exercise files are included with the course.
Here we are going to begin to take a look at how we can open and save our files, so that everything will work well in regards to having a good color managed workflow. One of the steps that's integral to color management is defining your color settings. While we have already talked about that, what I want to do here is simply highlight what my working color space is for Photoshop. In order to show you that, I am going to navigate to my Edit pulldown menu. And then I am going to select Color Settings. This will open up the Color Settings dialog.
And here you can see I have chosen an Adobe RGB (1998). Okay. Well, go ahead and click OK. And next what I am going to do is navigate to Bridge. I will do so by simply clicking on it in the background. Here you can see I am in this folder, 04_color_management, and I have three different images. And I have one that's a JPEG in Adobe RGB (1998). One that's a JPEG in sRGB. And then I also have a Raw file that came directly from my camera.
Well, let's go ahead and open up this first image. In order to do so, I will double-click the file. Now, when I do that, the image will simply open straight up inside of Photoshop. Now, if I were to make a change to this photograph and decide that I want to save this, what I would need to do is to navigate to File > Save As. And here what we want to choose is Embed Color Profile. This is the color space we are working in. This is the way that we can tag this image with this color space, so that we can have more accuracy in regards to our overall color managed workflow. All right.
Well, let's Cancel out of this. I don't need to save this image and close this file. What's going to happen when I open up this sRGB photograph? I will double-click that image and it says, hey, we have an embedded profile but there's some kind of a mismatch. Now, this warning makes it seem like something really bad has happened. Not necessarily. This image is tagged with a profile, which is great. At least we have that. But what it is telling me is saying that the profile is different than your working space. Couple of options.
Use the embedded profile, convert the document's colors to the working space, in our case Adobe RGB (1998), or discard the embedded profile. It is a very rare that you are ever going to choose that option. So kind of cross that one off before you even begin. So which option is best, embedded or convert? Well, that really depends. What we may want to do is simply leave it in this color space. Because let's say this image is intended for the Web, and sRGB is great for the Web. Or let's say we are going to send this image to a lab to be printed. A lot of labs print in that sRGB color space.
So in those cases we could leave this and use the embedded profile. Or in other scenarios, let's say if we are going to receive images with a lot of different color spaces and we really want to bring everything together for a particular project we are working on, well in those cases, we may elect to choose Convert the document colors to the working space. So again, both options are good. It really depends upon the final intent of the photograph. Let's go ahead and just simply use the embedded profile. Click OK here. And that will open the image up inside of Photoshop.
Well, now here if I wanted to save this image, again, I am going to go to File > Save or Save As. And in this case I want to make sure to embed that Color Profile again. I want to tag the image with this profile. All right. Well, let's cancel out of this and close this image. What about this scenario where I have a raw photograph and what I want to do is open this one up, and I want to view it inside of Photoshop? Well, if I double-click this image, it's going to open it up inside of Camera Raw. While we haven't really talked much about Camera Raw yet, one of the things that we can note here is by default it's in this Adobe RGB (1998) color space.
So here I will simply click Open Image. Now that this image is open inside of Photoshop, it's actually tagged with that profile. So if I want to save this file out, I will go to File > Save or Save As. And in this case, again, just want to make sure that I embed the Color Profile, Adobe RGB (1998). So again, to quickly reiterate, defining your color settings and then also defining how you work with images is critical. And then when you save those files, just be sure to always leave this check box on to embed those color profiles.
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