Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator

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Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator

All right, now that you've gone ahead and installed this Best Workflow CS4.csf file to the proper location, as documented in the previous exercise, I want you to switch over to Illustrator and we are now going to switch Illustrator to that Color Settings file. Now you can do this in one or two ways, you can either establish a color settings directly inside of Illustrator or if you own any skew of the full Creative Suite, multiple application Creative Suite, then you can establish Color Settings from the Bridge if you like. All right, so I'll show you how to do both.

So let's say you are working just in Illustrator; you don't have any of the other Creative Suite applications. Then you go up to the Edit menu and you choose the Color Settings command or you can press Ctrl+Shift+K. That's going to be Command+Shift+K on the Mac. And that will bring up this Color Settings dialog box right here. Now you'll see that your color settings are synchronized most likely, which might give you hope that everything is good, because what that means is the color settings are synchronized across all of the Creative Suite for applications, which is theoretically a great thing except for the default settings or North American General Purpose 2, which means that your RGB working space is sRGB blah, blah, blah.

Now the problem with sRGB is it's a consumer space. It's a worse case scenario RGB monitor color space is the idea, and it's great for consumers. It's really awesome. It means that your monitor is getting along with your scanner, which is getting along with your digital camera, all of which you bought for a hundred bucks or something along those lines. But you are not a consumer. See, that's the problem. You are a high end, discriminating, creative professional and you need something better than rotten old sRGB.

And the only reason you can stick with sRGB is if you are exclusively creating artwork for the web and nothing else. It's a great web space but if you are using the Save for Web and Devices command that I recommend in the fundamentals portion of the series, then you are going to sRGB anyway. So you're better off if you are doing any printing whatsoever, if just once a year you print to your Inkjet printer, that's all the printing you do, you are still better off switching out this sRGB space and switching out some other settings as well. So I'll tell you what we are going to do.

We are going to turn on the Advanced Mode checkbox which is going to force a redisplay of the dialog box that's much taller as we can see right here. And then you are going to go up to the Settings pop-up menu right there. You are going to click on it and you are going to choose Best Workflow CS4. Now by the way North American General Purpose 2, that's in North America. If you are in some other country, you may see some other default setting. But if it shows sRGB as your RGB space, you want to get away from it. So we are going to go with Best Workflow CS4, you should see it if you installed the Best Workflow CS4 settings in the previous exercise. If you don't see it, you may need to restart the Illustrator but that should not be necessary.

Anyway, we'll go ahead and choose Best Workflow CS4 and you can see that that's gone ahead and switch the RGB space over to Adobe RGB (1998), which is a great general purpose, high end professional space to be working in, across Illustrator, Photoshop, and other applications that use RGB. Also by the way, you should see that all the checkboxes are turned off right here and if you've selected Advanced Mode, you'll see that we've got Use Black Point Compensation turned on and Intent set to Perceptual. Now this is a little bit controversial right there, having the Intent set to Perceptual. The idea is you're working with either continuous tone images or lots of gradients, gradient meshes, that kind of thing and what you care about is not exactly the specific colors inside of those RGB images, for example, when you convert them over to CMYK for prepress.

But you are more concerned with the transitions between colors. You want your gradients to look nice and even without a lot of banding for example. Or you want your continuous tone images to look nice and even, your photographs, that kind of thing. That's where perceptual comes in handy. Now if you care more about the exact specific colors and you're less concerned about banding and stair stepping and that kind of thing inside gradients, those sorts of artifacts. Then you would switch from Perceptual over to Relative Colorimetric, so you could do that as well. You don't want Absolute Colorimetric and you definitely do not want Saturation unless you are creating a bunch of pie charts.

Relative Colorimetric is your better way of working and if you want to find out more, by the way, you can select one of these options and then you are going to see a description down here at the bottom of the dialog box. When you hover over that option as you are seeing me do right now. All right, anyway, I'm going to switch back to Perceptual because that's what I'm recommending, especially if you are doing any Photoshop work whatsoever. You might also by the way, you want to change CMYK from Preserve Numbers (Ignore Linked Profiles) to Preserve Embedded Profiles. That's the way I'm working and then you won't see that little weird icon right next to CMYK there.

You will, however, see this Unsynchronized. Your color settings are now unsynchronized across the various Creative Suite applications. You are not concerned about that if you're only working with Illustrator, but if you do have other Creative Suite applications and you have the full Creative Suite installed, very important. Then you can synchronize the Color Settings inside the Bridge and we are going to do that in just a moment. First though, I want to note CMYK is set to U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2, according to my best workflow settings. You may want to change it to something else depending on if you are working in a different country and you don't want to work with U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) or you may have some custom settings that were provided to you by your commercial printer, in which case you would go ahead and load those instead. But I'm going to go ahead and stick with U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2.

All right, anyway, so we have now have Illustrator setup the way we need it to be. Click OK in order to accept those settings. If you have the entire Creative Suite, then what you do is just switch over to the Bridge and I'm going to show you how that works in the next exercise.

Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator
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Loading the CS4 color settings in Illustrator provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Deke McClelland as part of the Illustrator CS4 One-on-One: Advanced

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