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Choosing default workflow settings

Via the Workflow Options dialog, you can change the color space, dimensions, bit depth, and resolution of a photo before opening it into Photoshop — without altering the original digital file. Your choices will become the new default settings.

To choose default workflow settings

  1. Open a photo into Camera Raw, then at the bottom of the dialog, click the underlined link that lists the color space, bit depth, etc. The Workflow Options dialog opens. A
  2. From the Space menu, choose a color profile to be used for converting the raw file to RGB: Adobe RGB (1998), ColorMatch RGB, ProPhoto RGB, or sRGB IEC61966-2.1 (or “sRGB,” for short). In Chapter 1, you assigned Adobe RGB as the default color space for color management, so we suggest choosing it here, too.
  3. From the Depth menu, choose a color depth of 8 Bits/Channel or 16 Bits/Channel (see page 19). If you have a large hard drive and a fast system with a lot of RAM, choose 16 Bits/Channel. With the extra pixels, more of the original tonal levels in your photo will be preserved when it’s edited in Photoshop.
  4. If you need to resize the image, from the Size menu, choose a preset size (in megapixels) that matches the proportions of the raw image. (The default size is the one without a minus sign − or plus sign +.) Resampling will occur if you choose a larger size than the original. Avoid choosing the largest size, to help prevent pixelization. (Experts disagree on whether it’s better to resample an image in Camera Raw or in Photoshop. Until a consensus is reached, you can decide for yourself.) Note: If a crop marquee is present, the Size menu will be labeled Crop Size, and it will list the current crop size.
  5. Enter a Resolution. This value affects only the print output size. (For instance, a resolution of 240–300 ppi would be appropriate for an image that is 2000 x 3000 pixels or larger, for output to an inkjet printer or a commercial press.)
  6. Optional: From the Sharpen For menu, choose None, Screen, Glossy Paper, or Matte Paper to apply predefined output sharpening to your photo for the chosen medium. Also choose the desired amount of sharpening from the Amount menu (Standard is usually a good choice).

    Note: The sharpening values that are applied via this dialog aren’t listed anywhere. For greater control over capture sharpening, choose None from the Sharpen For menu here and use the sliders in the Detail tab instead (see page 76).

  7. Click OK. The new workflow settings will be listed below the preview. They will be applied to the current photo and to photos that you subsequently open into Camera Raw.
  • To have future photos open from Camera Raw into Photoshop as a Smart Object layer when you click Open Object, check Open in Photoshop as Smart Objects in the Workflow Options dialog (see page 86). Turn this feature on only if it suits your normal workflow.
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