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Chapter 2. The Critically Important Colo... > Choosing Between Assigning and Conve...

Choosing Between Assigning and Converting to Profile

Although you have specified the default color settings and set the Color Management Policies in the Color Settings dialog box, it is not the only place where you can assign profiles to images. The Image, Mode menu is another. It has two very important entries, Assign Profile and Convert to Profile, that perform very different functions. And it is quite important that you understand the difference.

When we look at an image we've created and saved, it is irresistible not to imagine that an actual image of some sort exists inside the file image—a cyber version of a photographic print. In actuality, the image is just a bunch of numbers that represent the individual flecks (pixels) of color. Photoshop reads these numbers, figures out what to do with them in terms of color, and then puts them onscreen. Our eyes and our brain then take in all the bits of color and decide what they represent, what they look like. Is it a representation of a loved one or just a splash of color?


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