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Chapter 2. The Critically Important Colo... > The Color Settings Dialog Box, or La... - Pg. 63

The Critically Important Color and Gamma Calibration Chapter 63 In a nutshell, as of this writing, Adobe has chosen sRGB as the default color space in Photoshop (meant for the Web and inexpensive digital camera images), and we disagree. We feel you should be working most of the time in Adobe RGB 1998 color space. Read on! The Color Settings Dialog Box, or Laying Down the Rules This section takes you to color management central, the Color Settings dialog box. We won't cover this as an exercise with lots of numbered steps because we don't know what the best choices for you will be. That's up to you to decide. But we do want to explain what all the choices mean and translate the parlance of color management into more understandable and accessible terms. Here's what we'd like you to do, to make following along easier: 1. 2. Open Photoshop (you do not need an image to be open), and then choose Edit, Color Settings, or press Ctrl( )+Shift+K. The Color Settings dialog box pops up onscreen, where you can refer to it as you proceed through the following sections. The Color Settings dialog box on your screen (and in Figure 2.7) has two major functions. It is used to define the default working color space that will be used when you create an image and to "tag" the image with the ICC profile of the workspace. The workspace tag is kind of like a short biography that tells what color space the file was born in and where it currently lives. The tag is also used to set the rules or Color Management Policies for what happens when you work with files that don't have workspace tags or have tags that don't match the default space you've set. Your work is not harnessed to the profile, however. When you choose File, Save As, you can uncheck the ICC profile