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COLOR SETTINGS

The Color Settings dialog box is mission control for how Photoshop handles the display and conversion of color in your images. Understanding what goes on here and choosing the appropriate settings is key to controlling color in Photoshop and maintaining the color fidelity of your photographs. Although the settings are executed in the background, this dialog box is one of the most important areas in the program: The settings you choose here affect how images are opened, what happens to pixels when you paste from one image into another, how colors are displayed on your monitor, and how much notice you get if a particular process may change the colors in an image. It's well worth your time to get to know the different options in this dialog box and understand how they impact your image-editing workflow.

How Photoshop Handles Color

Before I get into the details of the Color Settings dialog box, let's pause for a moment to get a good overview of the terrain I'll be exploring. It doesn't do any good to simply tell you what settings to choose, which checkboxes to check and what radio buttons to enable if you don't have an understanding of the conceptual foundations of the Color Settings dialog box and Photoshop color management in general.


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