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Offline dominicall

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A question about colour settings in CS4
« on: February 08, 2009, 06:08:19 PM »
I thought I had this whole colour profiles malarkey figured, but then maybe not...

I profile my monitor with the Spyder 3 Pro and keep the profile up to date when the software reminds me to.

I did a screengrab of something to send via IM to my daughter and when I pasted it into PS CS4 I noticed the colours seemed dull. I scratched my head a bit and then (either by inspiration or luck) checked the working space in CS4 which was still set to sRGB. When I switched the profile to the calibrated profile the colours pinged back to what I was expecting.

So here is the dumb question... well questions actually...

1. Should I permanently change the working space (RGB) in CS4 to the calibrated setting (rather than sRGB or Adobe RGB)?
2. How will this impact editing in Camera Raw/Lightroom, i.e. which profile will they use?
3. I shoot in Adobe RGB. When editing, should I keep Adobe RGB or switch to my calibrated profile?

I'm scratching my head a little now.

Thanks for looking.

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Re: A question about colour settings in CS4
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009, 12:37:18 AM »
Dominic- in a nutshell: (and you should know by now that I am capable of giving you VERY long answers ;))
The working space in PS "must" be Adobe 1998 or if you want the even bigger colour garmut space than go for PhotoRGB and NOT your monitor profile. Why? Simply because Adobe RGB 1998 works with a much wider garmut than your monitor colour profile and eventhough some of the colours might not be soo visible to your eyes they still influence your adjustments in PS and your printing. If you tell PS that you want to work with your monitor colour profile it will work with a much smaller colour garmut than Adobe 1998. And yes switch it permanently. The problem is that if you set it to monitor profile it will ask you when you open up your image from your camera whether you want to convert the image which is very bad as it will throw information out or if you want to keep it the way but displayed within the colour garmut of your monitor setting- which is bad again as it will nto show you the full colour garmut that your image incorporates. Hope this makes sense? if you want the longer version just let me know and I promise you I will bore the hell out of you ;)
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Re: A question about colour settings in CS4
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 06:13:28 AM »
Hi Stef

Yep - that makes sense. Thanks for the answer :D

I somehow knew that it would be you who answered the question ;-)

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