From retouchers to graphic designers to photographers to printing presses, Photoshop amateur to pro, I’ve come across quite a few people over the years who have no idea what Color Settings in PS are and even more who know what it is but choose to ignore it. Managing your color in PS and PSE is one of the most basic steps and shouldn’t be dismissed. Especially when your picture is going to be viewed by others.
Establishing your color settings can mean the difference between you publishing this:
But your readers/viewers seeing this:
Or even this:
So how do you keep this from happening? Well, below are instructions with screenshots for both PSE and PS (CS4). But before we get to that, i’d like to give you some background info. Warning, some may find the background info to be too much info, so feel free to scroll down to the instructions.
This is a map of your device (monitor, camera, scanner, printer) housed in a data file ending in .icc. The map describes what colors each device can output. Some colors attainable by your monitor are not reproducible by your printer, so each device will have its own icc profile whether it’s specifically made for that device or it’s generic.