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Chapter 5. Color Settings: Configuring P... > Choosing a CMYK Working Space

Choosing a CMYK Working Space

Unlike RGB working spaces, which may be entirely abstract and not based on any real device, CMYK working spaces always reflect some real combination of ink (or toner, or dye) and paper. The ideal situation is to have a custom ICC profile for the specific CMYK process to which you're printing, but in the real world that's still the exception rather than the rule. However, if you do have a custom ICC profile for your CMYK print process, or for an industry-standard proofing system such as Kodak Polychrome Matchprint or Fuji ColorArt, turn on the Advanced Mode option and load that profile into the CMYK menu in the Color Settings dialog box.

With Advanced Mode unchecked, your choices of CMYK working space are limited to the seven new press profiles installed by Photoshop, plus Custom CMYK, which users of older versions of Photoshop may recognize as the old “Built-in” panel of Photoshop 5's CMYK Setup (what we tend to call “Photoshop Classic”).


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