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Color Settings

Once you've created a custom monitor profile, it's time to get to the meat of Photoshop's built-in color controls. The Color Settings dialog box (from the Edit menu, or press Command-Shift-K) is color central, letting you set up working spaces and color management policies for RGB, CMYK, and grayscale images. It also lets you tell Photoshop what you want to do about missing or mismatched profiles. You can choose each of these settings individually or just use one of the presets, which then makes all the choices for you (customizing the settings is more powerful, of course). If you turn on the Advanced Mode checkbox, Photoshop also lets you change the color engine (CMM) and the default rendering intent for conversions, as well as a few more esoteric controls we'll discuss later in this section.

Mac OS X and Profiles

Mac OS X offers a bewildering variety of places to store profiles. You'll find them in the System/Library/ColorSync/Profiles folder, in the Library/ColorSync/Profiles folder, in the Library/ColorSync/Profiles/Displays folder, in the Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Pro-files folder, in the Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles/Recommended folder, in the Users/UserName/Library/ColorSync/Profiles fol-der, and in some cases, buried several levels deep in subfolders in the Library/Printers folder.

As David would say with characteristic understatement, “Oy!”

Here's the deal. There are really only three places where users may want to store profiles.

If you want to make a profile available to everyone who uses the Mac, save it in the Library/ColorSync/Profiles folder. Don't try to put it in the System/Library/ColorSync/Profiles folder—a good rule of thumb is that the only thing that should mess with the OS X System folder is the OS X installer, or a hard-core UNIX geek who is comfortable driving the Mac from the Terminal window.

If you want to make a profile available only to you (or to someone else logged in as you), save it in the Users/YourUser Name/Library/ColorSync/Pro-files folder. (If you're the only user, you may as well save all your profiles there.)

If you want to make a profile available from Photoshop's Color Settings dialog box when the “Advanced” checkbox is unchecked, save it in the Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles folder.



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