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How to Establish Your Color Settings in Photoshop CS6

After you calibrate your monitor, establish the color settings in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 and make sure they’re the right match for your intended output. You set up these settings in the Color Settings dialog box.

To open the Color Settings dialog box, choose Edit→Color Settings. In the dialog box, you can choose from predefined settings established for specific types of output, or you can customize your own settings to fit your individual needs.

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In the Color Settings dialog box, Photoshop allows you to take the easy route and select from a long list of predefined color settings based on your desired output. After you set up the predefined settings, Photoshop provides all the appropriate working color spaces and color-management policies you need to get good color results.

Be sure to click the More Options button in the Color Settings dialog box to access the full set of predefined color settings. Here’s a brief description of the main settings in the Settings drop-down list at the top:

  • Custom: Allows you to manually assign your own settings. When you define a custom configuration, save your settings so that you can reload them later, if necessary.

  • Monitor Color: Emulates the color of most video applications. Reserve it for screen images only. Avoid it for producing print images.

  • North America General Purpose 2: Provides all-purpose general color settings for screen and print images in North America. It uses the same CMYK, Grayscale, and Spot working spaces as North America Prepress 2, but uses the web standard of sRGB for the RGB working space.

  • North America Newspaper: For prepping content for North American newspaper presses. CMYK values are preserved, and all profile warnings are enabled.

  • North America Prepress 2: Provides color settings for print images in North America. Preserves the CMYK working space and brings any profile warnings to your attention.

  • North America web/Internet: Gives color settings for web images in North America. Uses sRGB for the RGB working space.

  • ColorSync Workflow (Mac only): Uses ColorSync 3.0 Color Management System and ColorSync profiles. It’s not recognized by the Windows platform.

  • Europe General Purpose 2: Provides general color settings for screen and print images in Europe. Profile warnings are disabled.

  • Europe General Purpose 3: Same as 2, but it offers updated CMYK ICC profiles for offset printing on coated paper.

  • Europe Prepress 2: Provides color settings for print images in Europe. Preserves the CMYK working space and brings any profile warnings to your attention.

  • Europe Prepress 3: Same as 2, but it offers updated CMYK ICC profiles for offset printing on coated paper.

  • Europe web/Internet: Gives color settings for web images in Europe. Uses sRGB for the RGB working space.

  • Europe web/Internet 2: Same as web/Internet, but it offers updated CMYK ICC profiles for offset printing on coated paper.

  • Japan Color for Newspaper: Provides settings to be used for newspaper presses in Japan. Preserves the CMYK working space and alerts you to any profile warnings.

  • Japan General Purpose 2: Provides general color settings for screen and print images in Japan.

  • Japan Magazine Advertisement Color: Gives color settings for preparing images by using the color standards of the Japanese Magazine Publisher Association.

  • Japan Prepress 2: Provides color settings for print images in Japan. Preserves the CMYK working space and brings any profile warnings to your attention.

  • Japan web/Internet: Gives color settings for web images in Japan. Uses sRGB for the RGB working space.

You can always use a predefined setting as a starting point and adjust whatever individual settings you need to.

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