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Chapter 1. THE CREATIVE PROCESS AND CONF... > CONFIGURING THE COLOR SETTINGS

CONFIGURING THE COLOR SETTINGS

With that history lesson and important background information out of the way, let's turn our attention to the actual Color Settings dialog box and discuss some of the choices there. On Mac OS X, this dialog box can be found under the Photoshop menu; on Windows, it's found in the Edit menu. Or you can simply press (Cmd + Shift + K) [Ctrl + Shift + K].

The Settings Menu

The settings pop-up menu is at the very top of the Color Settings dialog box and contains a collection of preset configurations tailored for different purposes. If you have never changed these settings, it's likely they are still set at the defaults, which, while not catastrophic, are certainly not the best settings for serious photographic work with Photoshop. In Photoshop 6 and 7, the default settings are configured to Web Graphics Default unless you customize them when you first open the program after installation or later on. In Photoshop CS, the default settings have been changed to North America General Purpose Defaults, which for all practical purposes are no different than the previous set of defaults. Again, while use of these default settings doesn't herald the end of the world in terms of color quality, they're not ideal.


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