What settings should I use in PhotoShop? (CS5, CS5.5 and CS6)

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PhotoShop CS5, CS5.5 and CS6 have sophisticated colour management set up that previous versions of PhotoShop may not. Unless you have a detailed understanding of colour management, it may be best to set your system as follows.

Important! Check what profile is embedded in your file first. If you have no profile embedded and select the wrong profile, you may not be happy with the results. Find out here

 

sRGB Colour Profile:

Open PhotoShop. Under “Edit” select “Color Settings” set “Custom” and click “More Options”, set as indicated in Figure 1.

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(Figure 1)

AdobeRGB 1998 Colour Profile:

Open PhotoShop. Under “Edit” select “Color Settings” set “Monitor Color” and click “More Options”, set as indicated in Figure 2.

Use “Perceptual” in the “Conversion Options” for general People photography.

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(Figure 2)

If your monitor setup has been done correctly, the setup image below should appear neutral.

Note that some colours such as the 100% Green will appear much brighter on your screen than they will as a photographic rendition. However, the skin tones should look more than acceptable.

Hint: Download the image and include it with your next order to Streets Imaging and then check the print that is returned with the image opened in Photoshop. You may need to make some small adjustments to your monitor to get it to match.

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Download sRGB Calibration Patch, click for large image then save it. Link Calibration file

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