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Chapter 1. THE CREATIVE PROCESS AND CONF... > COLOR MANAGEMENT POLICIES

COLOR MANAGEMENT POLICIES

This section of Photoshop's Color Settings tells the program how to behave when it encounters an image that either does not have a profile (untagged) or has an embedded profile that does not match the currently selected working space (mismatched). This is the place that controls those annoying warnings that appear when you open an image in Photoshop. Well, some people feel they're annoying, but once you understand what they're telling you, they're not so bad.

There are three separate pop-up menus for setting the policies for RGB, CMYK, and Gray working spaces (figure 1.22). All contain the same three choices: Preserve Embedded Profiles, Convert to Working RGB (or CMYK, or Gray), and Off. These choices are the same ones that appear in the warning dialog boxes when you open images, although the exact wording is a bit different What you select here just determines which radio button is selected by default when the warning dialog box pops up. Let's take a look at exactly what these choices mean. I'll discuss them in order of our preference, rather than how they appear in the menu.


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