3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 30, 2018 3:34 AM by davescm

    Color settings


      I have doubts about color profiles. I recently purchased a profiled monitor Ausu PA249Q. I do lookbooks and fashion catalogs. Shooting in RAW and development of TIFs with AdobeRGB1998 profile. When I open the TIF with photoshop which RGB working color space do I have to keep on Photoshop? In the PS color settings I found the default RGB space "sRGB diplay profile from calibration", which I think is the profile of my monitor. But if I have the files in AdobeRGB1998 then I must perhaps set the 1998 in the monitor settings. Also another doubt is this: my monitor gives me the ability to change the display profile by pressing a monitor button. I can switch from sRGB to AdobeRGB or another three or 4 settings. If I develop the TIFs in AdobeRGB1998 then how should I behave?




        • 1. Re: Color settings
          D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          No. Document profile and monitor profile are two entirely different things. Don't mix them up! And above all, don't ever set them to one and the same. That defeats the whole purpose, it effectively disables and bypasses the whole color management chain that ensures your files are correctly represented on screen.


          The monitor does not have to match Adobe RGB or anything else. It has its own native color space. In a color managed display path, the RGB numbers are converted/remapped from the document color space into the monitor color space.


          Any color management operation always requires two profiles, a source and a destination. One is converted into the other. A single profile, alone, does nothing. It's like one hand clapping.


          Don't change anything in Color Settings! The embedded document profile (from ACR or anywhere else) should always override the working space. The monitor profile, OTOH, is set up at system level, and Photoshop gets it from the OS and uses it in a standard profile conversion, under the covers, without any user intervention.

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          • 2. Re: Color settings
            davescm Adobe Community Professional

            Hi Daniele


            You need to separate the monitor profile from the image profile, you appear to be confusing the two, and let the color management sort out the conversion between the two.



            1. Your monitor. 
            The profile is set in your system (not in Photoshop). Ideally you should get a hardware calibration and profile device and use that to get the actual characteristics of your specific monitor. If you are producing images for fashion catalogues where colour accuracy is important this really is an essential.
            Until you have a device then in the short term set the monitor profile in the operating system to sRGB or to Adobe RGB depending on how you have switched your monitor.

            In Windows 10 the profile is set in Settings > System > Display >Display Adapter Properties > Color Management


            2. Your Photoshop color settings
            These fall into two - first the working space defaults for creating a new image. You are safe setting RGB to Adobe RGB (1998) but CMYK depends on where you live in the world. That is why you will see some presets for different uses and parts of the world.


            Second - Color management policies. Always have these set to Preserve Embedded Profiles. That way the color management will sort out any conversion you need between color spaces.



            4. When exporting an image for use on the web - always tick the options to  "Convert to sRGB" and "Embed Color Profile"



            Once set up , let the color management do it's stuff. No need to mess around with settings.



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            • 3. Re: Color settings
              davescm Adobe Community Professional

              Daniele - D.Fosse answered whilst I was typing and is our color management expert . Follow his advice and you will be fine.