Lessons in DSLR Workflow: Photoshop Preferences and Color Settings
Photoshop Preferences and Color Settings
To make Photoshop files completely compatible with this workflow, you need to visit Photoshop’s Preferences and Color Settings to ensure smooth sailing. Launch Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Choose Photoshop Preferences (Mac) or Edit > Preferences (Windows) (FIGURE 12.1).
In Photoshop CS3’s Preferences dialog select File Handling and go to the File Compatibility segment. From the Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility pull-down menu, choose Always. Click OK to close the dialog with the new settings to maximize compatibility (FIGURE 12.2).
Figure 12.2 File Handling in Photoshop CS3 needs to be set to Always Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility to ensure that Lightroom and Photoshop are completely integrated and will work harmoniously.
One more bit of housekeeping is required. In Adobe Photoshop CS3, click Edit > Color Settings (FIGURE 12.3).
In the Color Settings dialog that appears, in the Working Spaces segment, choose ProPhoto RGB as your RGB choice (FIGURE 12.4). As I mentioned earlier, ProPhoto RGB is the native working space of Lightroom; it’s best to have the two programs on the same page when dealing with Raw files. Doing so eliminates most color mismatch warnings when working between the two applications. Now Photoshop and Lightroom are in sync for Raw processing files.
Working in Lightroom you can access Photoshop as the external editing application in three ways:
- The most direct and easiest approach is to use the keyboard shortcut; Command + E (Mac) / Control + E (Windows).
- In any Lightroom Module (except the Web Module) right-clicking an image brings up a contextual menu with the choice Edit in Photoshop (FIGURE 12.5).
- Click Photo > Edit in. The Photo menu is available in both the Library and Develop Modules.