Join Deke McClelland for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing the CS4 color settings, part of Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Mastery.
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In this exercise, I'm going to show you how to install my Best Workflow CS4 Color Settings. And these are the color settings that most professionals use. They ensure consisting color across the Adobe applications, and they also do a pretty good job of making sure that your images print properly. But they are little bit harder to install than dekeKeys, particularly if you are working on Windows. Now this is where you need to install the files, back here in this image that you can see opened in the background, and that image is this file right there, Instructions.tif, that's found inside my 00_settings folder inside the exercise_files folder. But of course you can just read it on screen, in just a moment. The problem is-- you Macintosh people should be fine. You can just go ahead and follow these settings right there while I'm talking to the PC people, I'll come back to you in a moment.
You PC people though, Microsoft doesn't like you to go into the folder structure that I'm about to take you into. It likes to deny you permission to your own computer. It's very fond of doing that to you. And so I'm going to show you how to eliminate that problem. Now you should be able to open any old desktop window and then go to Organize and choose Folder and Search Options. But if you can't see that, another way to get to the folder options is to find your help, and here it's this little button right there. That's how you get help here under Windows Vista. And then you would search for Folder Options, like so, and then go ahead in letter rip, and the first option right there should be Change folder views and behaviors, click on it, and then you should see something that says Click to open folder options. So you have to go through all that folder all right there. And then I'm going to close that Help screen.
And next what I'm going to do is go to here; I'll move this up so you Mac people can still see that thing down there. I'll go ahead and click on View, and this dialog box right here looks just the same under Windows XP as it does here under Windows Vista. You want to make sure first of all this Hidden files and folders option is set to Show hidden files and folders. Goodness! It's so much more useful to be able to see those things. I would turn off Hide extension for known file types, because might not see the extensions, might as well. And then go ahead and turn off Hide protected operating system files (recommended), and it's going to get grumpy at you and say are you really sure you want to do that because just look at you, I don't trust you that's what Windows is saying. But you trust yourself. So go ahead and click on Yes, give me a break. It's my computer. Go away.
So these settings right here are the ones you need to change. So turn on Show hidden files and folders, turn off Hide extensions for known file types, and turn off High protected operating system files (recommended), and then click on OK. And now from this point on, you can actually access the folders. I'm about to tell you to access. So you are going to take this Best Workflow CS4 file, and you are going to copy it into one of these three folders. Now I've got this file right here. I was telling you about Instructions.tif. You copy the Best Workflow CS4.csf file to a location on your hard drive depending on your platform. Under Windows XP, the location is the C:\Documents and Settings\user. That's you.
So whatever user you are logged on as, Application Data\Adobe, and each one of these backslashes mean we are entering another sub-folder, Adobe\Color\Settings. So you have to dig your way through what this is, one, two, three, four, five, six folders deep, and then copy Best Workflow CS4.csf to that location. Under Windows Vista totally different place, C:\Users\you\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\ Color\Settings and of course, user is your computer login name. That goes for both of these items. And then you copy it to this Settings folder.
On the Mac you have to do slightly less digging. You go to the Finder level, which is the Desktop level of your computer, and you go to the Go menu and choose Home. And then it also has a keyboard shortcut of Command+Shift+H, then you'll be inside your user folder, and you'll dig into the folders that you see here. You go to the Library sub-folder then to Application Support/Adobe/Color/Settings. And the reason I use forward slashes for the Mac versus backslashes for the PC is that's what Microsoft and Apple use. So I'm just subscribing to their conventions here. Anyway, once you get that folder open, then what you got to do is you go ahead and grab Best Workflow CS4 sitting here in this 00_settings folder, and you drag it and drop it in order to duplicate it. Then we are not done. That goes ahead and installs the file in the right location but to actually load these color settings into Photoshop. That's a separate step and I'll tell you all about that separate step in the next exercise.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS4 One-on-One: Advanced, both part of the lynda.com Online Training Library®.
Download Deke's customized keyboard layouts and color settings for Photoshop from the Exercise Files tab.
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