How to Use RGB Working Spaces in Photoshop CS6 - dummies

How to Use RGB Working Spaces in Photoshop CS6

By Barbara Obermeier

When you select one of the predefined color settings, the first group of settings that Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 plugs in contains your working spaces. Working spaces are the color profiles associated with the RGB, CMYK, Grayscale, and Spot color modes. If you select the Custom color setting, you need to choose your own working spaces.

Here is a quick view of your RGB working space options.

Working Space What It Does Recommendation
Monitor RGB Sets the working space to your current monitor space (which it gets from the monitor profile you established during calibration). Forces Photoshop to turn off color management. This setting isn’t recommended unless you have a specific need to use it.
ColorSync RGB Sets the working space to the profile specified in the Apple ColorSync control panel. This is the default setting for the ColorSync Workflow predefined setting. For Macintosh only.
Adobe RGB (1998) The default setting for all the Prepress predefined settings. It’s the best color profile to use for viewing 24-bit (8-bit mode) images and converting RGB files to CMYK. Provides a large gamut of RGB colors. Use this option as a general setting for all print work and as an overall setting if you’re unsure what to choose.
Apple RGB Can be used for older Mac OS scanners and monitors. Unless you’re the proud owner of a 13-inch Apple monitor, you should avoid it.
ColorMatch RGB Use this working space only with Radius PressView monitors. You Radius PressView users know who you are.
ProPhoto RGB
(also called ROMM RGB)
Provides a large color gamut. Good for viewing 48-bit (16-bit mode) images. You may see banding in 24-bit (8-bit mode) images. Good for output to dye sublimation and inkjet photo printers. Preferred by many photographers.
sRGB The default setting for web Graphics Defaults. This color profile represents a standard, Trinitron PC monitor — the monitor of choice for many of the world’s web surfers. This option can also be used with Windows scanners. Avoid it for print work because of its limited RGB color gamut. If your goal is to ensure your web graphics look relatively the same in Los Angeles as they do in Bangladesh, sRGB is a good profile to use.

If you click the More Options button in the Color Settings dialog box, you get even more RGB, as well as CMYK, Grayscale, and Spot settings. These settings include profiles for monitors, printers, and various video formats. For the most part, you can stick with the main working spaces and be covered.

You can save and load any custom settings, including the individual RGB, CMYK, Grayscale, and Spot working spaces, as well as your entire group of color settings.

After you set RGB working spaces, don’t forget that you also have to configure the other three working spaces.