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I ran across your query and was surprised no one had answered.
I have no idea what ACR is, but you need 3 things:
1. A good color profile for your monitor. For that you need hardware/software combos to calibrate and characterize the monitor. I got Monaco EZColor a couple of yeras ago and I love it. I can also profile my scanner and printers. It's not perfect or "professional color" level using spectrophotometers and such, but it's great in it's advertised niche -- the designer's color management solution.
2. A standard color working space to use in your work. I suggest Adobe RGB (1998) many would agree with me.
3. A book titled "Real World Photoshop" which has a pretty good color section.
ACR = Adobe Camera Raw
And adding point 4: a book titled: "Real World Camera Raw" that will learn you everything about ACR
>Please post in the CS3 beta forum
That may not be necessary. I just got an e-mail from Adobe that CS3 is now shipping, but I don't know how widely available it is. It is no longer beta!
When Ramon posted that, it was still in beta. But the Beta forum is now closed to new posts.
Yeah, that post of mine is over two months old.
I am having a terrible problem getting my colors (especially grays) in photoshop CS3) to look right. I just bought the Design Premium package, and across the suite, the grays look brown.
I am not a wizz on the back end of the program (color profiles, device managers and such), just wondering what I can do to fix. I have played with the graphics card manager, and my monitor settings, and I am just making things worse.
I figured out if I change the proof colors to "Monitor RGB, my image looks Ok, but still the pallet colors are horrible. http://www.gowithcea.com/uploadedImages/test/colorIssue.gif%20%3Esee%20a%20screenshot%3C/a %3E
You need to read up on color management.
This will give you a goos start:
This is NOT an ACR issue, by the way.
I'm having the same problem as John Grimm. In my case its almost as if the image appears more saturated in ACR but somehow gets lost in the transition to Photoshop CS3 (not beta).
Is this issue covered elsewhere as I didn't see a plausible fix here yet?
One thing to look at is if the color change shows up with both systems set to 100%.
This should not happen.
I can only speculate that you might somehow have some Photoshop default color settings out of whack. Just speculating, but assume that your default RGB profile is Adobe RGB. Then assume that your settings say, Convert to Working RGB under Color Management Policies. All this with no warnings set.
Now if you open the image with ACR in Pro Photo RGB it will be converted to Adobe RGB when it gets to Photoshop. Some colors may be altered if they are out of gamut in the target space. Depending on your conversion options, these changes may be visible. With other profiles such as sRGB vs aRGB the differences will be much more subtle.
If you have off selected under Color Management Policies, you can expect all sorts of bizarre behavior.
Nothing else makes sense to me.
Cheers, Rags :-)