How to manage colours in Photoshop

There are a few final things you need to know about colour management in Photoshop. In this section, we'll show you how to sync your colour settings across all your Adobe apps, add a new colour profile provided by your printer, and preview a CMYK version of an RGB image.

01. Sync your settings across apps

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Once you get that set up, you want to use Adobe Bridge to sync up all of your applications with the same colour settings. That way you have the same experience between Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC

To do this all you have to do is launch Adobe Bridge, at the top of the application, then select Edit > Color Settings. You can then choose which setting you want to sync across all your applications. Then click Apply and that will take care of everything for you – you're all synced up and ready to rock.

02. Add a new profile provided by your printer

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If your printer is able to provide you with the appropriate colour settings for their materials and machines, this is great. To bring them into your applications, first bring up your colour settings, and in the top right, hit the Load option. This will enable you to search for the new profile provided by your printer. 

Then select the correct profile, choose Open and you will see it loaded into your colour settings. Click OK to accept this change and you are good to go. You can also create new colour settings and save them for future use.

03. Preview a CMYK version

If you want to keep your document and RGB workspace but you want to see what it looks like when you print it out, go into the View menu and choose proof colours. This will allow you to see the CMYK conversion without losing any of the RGB information. 

Some advantages of working in RGB is that file size will be smaller, and you'll be able to access all of the editing features in Photoshop.

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Sebastian is a video trainer, software presenter, and instructor. In his work as a trainer, Sebastian specialises in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and boasts a strong background in T-shirt production.