How to Get Consistent Color across Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CS6 - dummies

How to Get Consistent Color across Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

With the advent of Adobe Bridge, getting consistent color in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and across all your Creative Suite applications is merely a button click away. Just follow these steps:

  1. Simply launch Bridge and choose Edit→Creative Suite Color Settings.

    In the Suite Color Settings dialog box, you can immediately tell whether the color settings across all your Creative Suite applications are synchronized. (Synchronized is Adobe’s cool name for the same.)

  2. If they’re not and you want the settings to be the same, first click the Show Expanded List of Color Settings Files to ensure you have the full list of possibilities.

  3. Then, just select your desired predefined color setting from the list and click the Apply button.

    Bridge then ensures that each Creative Suite application uses that color setting. You can also select a previously saved custom setting. If you want to see where your saved color settings files reside, just click the Show Saved Color Settings Files button.

You don’t have to synchronize your color settings. You may want to have different settings in InDesign, a page-layout program, than you have in Dreamweaver, a web-page-creation application. In the Color Settings dialog box in each Creative Suite application, a message appears at the top to let you know whether your suite color settings are synchronized.

You can save your custom Color Settings in Photoshop by clicking the Save button in the Color Settings dialog box. To ensure that all your Adobe applications can access the settings file, save it to a default location:

  • For Microsoft Windows, the default location is the AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Color/Settings folder.

  • For Mac OS X users, the default folder is Users/CurrentUser/Library/ApplicationSupport/Adobe/Color/Settings.

You can also place saved custom color settings files that you’ve received from other people (for example, reps from your offset print house) in this location.