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Comprehensive Guide to Color Settings, Color Profiles and Proofing

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Photoshop offers us a vast array of options when it comes to color profiles, color management, and proofing. In this tutorial, we will explain everything you need to know about working with these settings and options in Photoshop. Let's get started!

These are the available Color Settings Options:

  • Custom: Allows you to manually assign your own settings. When you define a custom configuration, save your settings so that you can reload them later, if necessary.
  • Monitor Color: Emulates the color of most video applications. Reserve it for screen images only. Avoid it for producing print images.
  • North America General Purpose 2: Provides all-purpose general color settings for screen and print images in North America. It uses the same CMYK, Grayscale, and Spot working spaces as North America Prepress 2, but uses the web standard of sRGB for the RGB working space.
  • North America Newspaper: For prepping content for North American newspaper presses. CMYK values are preserved, and all profile warnings are enabled.
  • North America Prepress 2: Provides color settings for print images in North America. Preserves the CMYK working space and brings any profile warnings to your attention.
  • North America Web/Internet: Gives color settings for web images in North America. Uses sRGB for the RGB working space.
  • Europe General Purpose 3: Same as 2, but it offers updated CMYK ICC profiles for offset printing on coated paper.
  • Europe Prepress 3: Same as 2, but it offers updated CMYK ICC profiles for offset printing on coated paper.
  • Europe Web/Internet 2: Same as web/Internet, but it offers updated CMYK ICC profiles for offset printing on coated paper.
  • Japan Color for Newspaper: Provides settings to be used for newspaper presses in Japan. Preserves the CMYK working space and alerts you to any profile warnings.
  • Japan General Purpose 2: Provides general color settings for screen and print images in Japan.
  • Japan Magazine Advertisement Color: Gives color settings for preparing images by using the color standards of the Japanese Magazine Publisher Association.
  • Japan Prepress 2: Provides color settings for print images in Japan. Preserves the CMYK working space and brings any profile warnings to your attention.
  • Japan web/Internet: Gives color settings for web images in Japan. Uses sRGB for the RGB working space.
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