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Chapter 5. Working with Images and Color... > Understanding Photoshop's Other Colo...

Understanding Photoshop's Other Color Modes and Models

Photoshop enables you to work in six color modes in addition to RGB and CMYK: Grayscale, Bitmap, L*a*b (or just Lab), Indexed Color, Duotone, and Multichannel. Each of the color modes has specific characteristics and can be used for specific purposes. In the following sections, each of the color modes—and a pair of color models—are explained.

If you place a CMYK Photoshop document into an RGB Photoshop document, the new smart object that is created has some unique properties. From the Layers palette, you can click the placed smart object and then from the palette menu, choose Edit Contents. You then have access to the CMYK image you placed, with all of its layers intact. You can edit the image and click Save. The Smart Object layer then updates in the main document. This means that the smart object created from the placed Photoshop file is really a Photoshop document housed within a Photoshop document. This arrangement can help limit the scattering of all your different project files.



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