Category Archives: Color Management

Color Management in Photoshop


I published my last essay on Color Management in Photoshop a few months after the release of CS6 (V.13) in 2012. So, here we are in April 2018 and Photoshop is now at version 19. Given the passage of time you’d be forgiven for thinking that much would have changed.

However, with the exception of the UI, Color management in Photoshop is largely unchanged. As such, this essay is, for the most part, simply an update of earlier versions rather than a rewrite ->

Photoshop  – Print Dialog

 

Adobe Lightroom 5 Public Beta Released

As you’ve probably discovered by now, Adobe has, today, released a public beta of Lightroom 5. As is usually the case, I’ve put together a summary of the new features and enhancements.

Adobe usually time product releases to related events and expos, and in this case the launch of the Lightroom 5 public beta has been times to coincide with the Photoshop World conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida between 17 and 19 April.

So what’s new and enhanced?

For Lightroom 5, Adobe has focused mainly on the Develop module, but there are also useful enhancements to the Library, Book and Slideshow module (yes slideshow has finally seen some love). One thing that hasn’t changed is the UI. So, anyone hoping for tear off panels/ palettes, etc can forget them in the near term. I digress, lets begin with the some important background information, then we’ll work our way though the various new features continue reading —>

 

Adobe Photoshop CS6 – Color Management

I published my first essay on Photoshop Color Management back in the days of version 5. Back then ICC based color management was in its infancy and many Photoshop users needed all the help they could get to understand the myriad of options, dialogs, alerts, etc. With version Photoshop CS6 now in the hands of users it’s time to see what has changed.

The first and most obvious change since CS5 is the UI. However, color management remains very similar in both look and feel to versions dating back as far as CS2, which is a good thing because existing users will be up and running fairly quickly. It’s for this reason that the essay is, for the most part, simply an update of earlier versions rather than a complete rewrite. Continue reading ->

Adobe release Colour Print Utility for Photoshop CS5

Although not on the radar of most Photoshop users the absence of the No Colour Management option within the Photoshop CS5 print dialog caused significant consternation amongst those who create their own ICC profiles for printing. Unfortunately, the removal of this feature wasn’t something that Adobe wanted to do, but rather a necessity for compatibility with the most recent operating systems from both Microsoft and Apple. That being said, without this option printing the multi-coloured patch targets used for determining a printers colour handling characteristics is extremely difficult. Hence the screams of foul.

To address this omission and no doubt pacify those of us who build our own printer profiles Adobe have created the Adobe Color Print Utility, which is a simple application designed solely to enable printing without color management.

Using the utility couldn’t be simpler. First, open the appropriate target image (File>Open).

Print Testchart Loaded in Adobe Colour Printing Utility

Once the target is loaded choose Page Setup to configure the appropriate printer and paper size. Next, choose Print to set the printer driver to the correct media and print quality, turn the printer colour management off (i.e. No Color Adjustment). Finally, hit Print button.

Set Printer Driver Color Settings to Off (No Color Adjustment)

The target will likely print somewhat darker than the on-screen version and some of the colours of some patches will very probably have a fair amount of hue shift and increased saturation, but that’s what’s meant to happen. Once the print is dry it can be measured using an instrument such as the X-rite i1 spectrophotometer.

More information on the new utility and guidance on its use can be found in an Adobe Knowledge Base article. The utility can also be downloaded from the the Adobe KB page.