Synchronizing is no big deal as long as you know what the different options do. My color settings are unsynchronized on purpose, I have different settings for PS, AI and ID. But if you want to synchronize, you do it in Bridge, Edit > Suite Color Settings.
I looked up PS 5 default and I think you can safely ditch that. If you ever use CMYK you'll definitely want something other than "Photoshop 5 Default CMYK", whatever that is. ("Standard" CMYK depends on where you are anyway).
If you want to use Adobe RGB, just do it. It's a very good all-purpose RGB working space. What you choose under Color Management Policies is equally important, however. I'd recommend "preserve embedded profiles" and checked warnings for mismatched and missing profiles. At least for now - you can turn those off later.
Just remember to convert to sRGB for web use.
" if you want to synchronize, you do it in Bridge, Edit > Suite Color Settings."
That's what someone else told me, but in my Bridge program, under 'edit', there is no option for color management of any kind. There are no 'suite color settings' (not anything even remotely like that).
The closest is 'Preferences', but that doesn't have anything about synchronizing color settings.
Then, the Preference choice is:
My version is Bridge CS3.
I'm glad to know that you don't need to keep things 'synchronized', but I sure would like to know why I don't have that option.
I assume that Lightroom doesn't do any color space assignments until you print, so it's not an issue there. Is there anything between Lightroom and CS3 that needs to be synchronized? I just call up CS3 from inside LR to edit with layers and masks, etc, and never gave it any thought as to what color space I was using.
I assume that Lightroom doesn't do any color space assignments until you print
I'm not familiar with Lightroom, but you can export (not just print) in any color space you want.
Anyway synchronizing is between applications in the Creative Suites, it doesn't apply to Lightroom which is not included in any suite. Is this a standalone Photoshop? If so you shouldn't even be getting that message, because there's nothing to synchronize.
If you do have a suite, just make sure the color settings are the same in all the apps. That's as synchronized as they will ever get.
The only other thing I can think of is that you have export settings in Lightroom different than your Photoshop working space, and that this also sets off the synchronizing alert. Again, it's not a problem, but there's little point in using Adobe RGB in Photoshop if it gets sRGBs from Lightroom.
sRGB is a much narrower color space than Adobe RGB.
Thanks for your reply.
You are right. When you export from LR it also assigns the color space. I forgot about that. Right now, I have it
set to export in sRGB, but I am thinking of changing that to aRGB, so when I call up the Photoshop
editor, I will do my editing in an aRGB working space.
"Anyway synchronizing is between applications in the Creative Suites, it doesn't apply to Lightroom which is not included in any suite. Is this a standalone Photoshop? If so you shouldn't even be getting that message, because there's nothing to synchronize."
At one time I had the CS2 suite, but when I upgraded to Photoshop CS3, I got the stand-alone version. It must be looking at the components from the CS2 suite that I have not deleted.
As long as it won't hurt anything, I am going to change my working space to aRGB.
Thanks again for all the great info. I searched through all the help files and nothing seemed to make any sense. I think you put your finger on it. I shouldn't have even been getting that synchronize warning.