ColorSpace Management guide for Adobe Applications

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Adobe ColorSpace Management

Step-By-Step ColorSpace Management Guide for Adobe Applications

Color consistency is very important when working with graphics applications like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom or with video applications like Adobe Premiere Pro. This guide leads for Adobe Applications helps to guide through the setup.

Adobe applications features built in color management which allows you to synchronize a ColorSpace to all Adobe programs, except Lightroom when in Development modul, which is always set to AdobeRGB ColorSpace.

Before setting the ColorSpace for the Adobe applications we need to set the correct ColorSpace for the display and the operating system.

  Find the right ColorSpace for your Display   Set the correct Display ColorSpace in Mac OSX
  Set the correct Display ColorSpace in Windows 7/10   Setting the correct Monitor ColorSpace via Adobe Bridge

Find the right ColorSpace for your Display

First step is to get your monitors user manual and check the ColorSpace section. Most displays support the sRGB ColorSpace. Some displays can be set to AdobeRGB, BT.709, BT.2020 or even DCI P3 like the HP Dreamcolor Z-Display series. If you do not find any colorspace settings for your display we assume that it features at least sRGB

How to set the correct monitor display ColorSpace in Windows 7/10

1. Right mouse on Desktop and choose Screen Resolution

Color Management Windows

1. choose Screen Resolution

2. Click on Advanced Settings

Windows 10 Colormanagement

2. Click on Advanced Settings

3. Click booth Color Management tab & button

Adobe Color Management

3. Click booth Color Management tab & button

4. Switch to the Advanced tab and click the Change System Defaults

Photoshop Color Management

4. Click on Change System Defaults

5. Choose the correct ColorSpace from the profile list which should be the same as the one you set for your display

5. choose ColorSpace that matches your display and hit Set as Default Profile

How to set the correct monitor display ColorSpace in Mac OSX

1. Choose Apple menu and click System Preferences

Apple Color Management Guide

1. Select System Preferences

2. Click Displays icon

MacOS Color Management

2. Click the Displays Icon

3. Click Color and select a profile from the list

How to setup color management for MacOS

3. Select a ColorProfile

Now your operating system is using the correct ColorSpace for your applications. Color Management for Adobe applications can be set in Bridge, see below.

Setting the correct Monitor ColorSpace via Adobe Bridge

1. Start Adobe Bridge and choose Color Settings from the Edit menu

Windows Colorspace Management

1. choose Color Settings

2. Select Monitor Color in the Color Settings window – this is the most important step!

How to setup Colorspace

2. select Monitor Color from the list

This setting uses the Color Profile previously set in Windows Color Manangement. To check if your Adobe application is using the synchronizes Color Settings start Photoshop and take a look at the Color Settings, where you find the information that your color settings are synchronized like in the image below.

Photoshop colors wrong after export

Photoshop showing synchronized Color Management Settings

With the correct set and synchronized Color Profile in place, all Adobe applications now use the same Color Profile with the same ColorSpace.
Applications using the synchronized Color Profile are Bridge, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, InDesign and much more. Unfortunately Lightroom uses his own AdobeRGB ColorSpace which is the only Adobe app not using the synchronized ColorSpace set in Bridge.

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