Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing the CS4 color settings, part of Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced.
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All right kids! Welcome back, Windows users. We are now going to install the color settings files. If you haven't already done so back in the fundamentals portion of the series, you can do it now if you like. The color settings are great for three reasons. First of all, they get you in sync with other professional users out there because by default Illustrator and Photoshop and the other CS4 applications are set to fairly rinky-dink color settings. They're set to use sRGB for one thing. The sRGB is a consumer color space is basically the idea.
We want to take your game up here and get you in the professional zone. So that's why we're going to switch you over to Adobe RGB among other things and we're going to do that using this color settings files. So that's one thing. You're going to be in the professional league now. Secondly, you'll have consistent color across the various Adobe applications. That's very important and in third, you will stand a better chance, the best chance possible really, of getting your illustrations to print the way that they look on screen. All right, so here's the idea. We've got to take a file once again and put it in a very specific location, that fun game that we have been playing.
So you go to the exercise_files folder, you go to the 00_settings folder and you'll find a file called Best Workflow CS4.csf and you need to take this file, works brilliantly on both Mac and the PC, and you need to put it in a very specific location. So you're going to have to copy it to a location on your hard drive according to these instructions right here, Best Workflow instructions.tif. You can open that up in Photoshop or some other image editing program or you can just look at the file on screen and I'll walk you through what's going on here inside Photoshop. So here is the Best Workflow instructions.tif file.
I'm going to go ahead and fill the screen with this image and tab away my palettes and so on. What you want to do is you want to take that file, Best Workflow CS4.csf, copy it to a location on your hard drive, depending on your platform, that old saw. And we've got the three platforms. We got Windows XP, we got Windows Vista and we got the Mac. By the way, with the Mac, it doesn't matter which operating system you're using. Any operating system that is compatible with Illustrator CS4 is going to work the same way, where this particular file is concerned.
All right, so here's what you do. You figure out what's your platform is. If it's Windows XP, then you want to dig into this location and remember that you've got to be seeing those hidden files and folders and all that jazz. So we already established that in the first exercise. But that has to be done so that your system is transparent, so that you can look inside of the various folders and sub-folders. So then you go to the C drive and you go to Documents and Settings\user, which is your computer login name, of course. Application Data\Adobe\Color\Settings. So Adobe, Color and Settings are all separate folders, so we're burrowing way back down to find that Settings folder right there.
On your Windows Vista, things change a little bit, as in a lot bit actually. C, again your C drive, go into the Users folder, then go into the user sub-folder where user is your computer login name. AppData, not application data. AppData\Roaming. Where are we roaming? I'm wondering what's so roaming about it? Adobe\Color\Settings. So dig into that folder and copy that Best Workflow CS4.csf file to that location. On the Mac, things are slightly easier. You choose Go > Home once again.
So you go to that find your level of your computer, you find the Go menu, you choose the Home command, you've got a keyboard shortcut. Command+Shift+H is the keyboard shortcut, and then copy the color settings to this folder. So in other words, Go > Home is going to open up your user folder, and then you'll go even farther inside the folders structure. You'll go into Library folder. You'll go into Application Support, spelled out this time, Adobe\Color\Settings. Copy that file to this location, so the file you're copying once again is this guy right there. You copy it to that location, you're good to go, Bob's your uncle, all that jazz.
Now that you have installed your Best Workflow CS4 file, now that you've installed that in the proper location, I'll show you how to select that file and make it active inside of Illustrator and other CS4 applications.
Recommended prerequisite: Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Illustrator from the Exercise Files tab.
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