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Color Settings

The Color Settings dialog is mission control for Photoshop's handling of the display and conversion of color in your images. Understanding what is happening here and choosing the appropriate settings is key to controlling color in Photoshop, and it's essential to maintaining the color fidelity of your photographs. Although the Color Settings dialog operates in the background, it's one of the most important areas in the program. The settings you choose 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 might change the colors in an image. It's well worth your time to get to know the different options in this dialog and understand how they impact your image-editing workflow.

How Photoshop Handles Color

Before we get into the details of the Color Settings dialog, let's pause for a moment to get an overview of the terrain we'll be exploring. It does no good to just tell you which settings to choose, which check boxes to check, and which radio buttons to enable if you don't have a decent understanding of the conceptual foundations of the Color Settings dialog and of Photoshop color management in general.


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