Using Color Management in Photoshop

Color management is important, especially with professions and fields that involve working with accurate colors. Photographers, graphic artists and similar professionals work with multiple display devices. Although colors may have the same reference numbers, how each device produces the colors differs and affects the final image. Photoshop is a computer program commonly used when it comes to images and graphics. Color management using this program may differ slightly depending on the version being used.

Photoshop Color Settings

The Color Settings menu allows users to control how the device reproduces the colors. Regardless whether the user is using a Mac or Windows operating system, the overall appearance and available list of options is the same. This option is accessible by clicking the Edit Menu and finding the Color Settings option around the bottom of the list. Under Settings, users can choose from a host of options. For professionals working with files for print for markets in the US, choose North America Prepress 2. There is also the Europe Prepress 2 for products marketed towards Europe. For files intended for the web, users may choose any of the options available.

Defining Working Spaces

Photoshop has four types of Working Spaces: CMYK, RGB, Gray and Spot. RGB is used when working files for the web and printing with desktop printers. For commercial use printing, use CMYK. The Grayscale and Spot Working Spaces are for experimentation.

Color Management Policies Option

This option allows users to select what to do with ICC profiles. With selecting Off, the program ignores and removes any embedded ICC profile. By default, the Preserve Embedded Profile is selected. This allows users to work using the existing profile. Last is the Convert to Working Space. For users who are using a different or specific profile, choosing this option will convert the embedded ICC profile to the current space.