What are "Color Settings"?
Adobe Photoshop is, by far, the most preferred image editing program
used by professional image users in all areas of the advertising, graphics
and printing industries. Photoshop uses Color Settings to tell Photoshop
how to display and use colors that make up a digital image file.
You can find the Color Settings options under the Edit menu at the top
of your Photoshop screen or, when using Mac OSX, under the "Photoshop"
When viewing or adjusting scans supplied by Marine Themes you should
use the same color settings that we used so that you will see the same
colors that we did when preparing the scan.
How do I check or change my Color Settings?
To check your color settings open the Color Settings options by selecting
from the menu bar at the top of your screen "Edit - Color Settings"
or "Photoshop - Color Settings". In the "Settings"
drop down list select one of the following options that relates best to
your geographic area:
Europe Prepress Defaults
Japan Prepress Defaults
U.S. Prepress Defaults
If you live in Australasia or are unsure as to which setting to select,
use the Europe Prepress Defaults. Using the wrong color setting will not
destroy your file or make it unusable. Using the right color settings
will just make it easier for you and your printer operator to get the
best result possible.
All of the above settings will display digital RGB image files in the
Adobe RGB(1998) color space. Unless you are specifically intending to
produce files for internet use you should always use the Adobe RGB(1998)
setting as it can display a larger number or wider "gamut" of
When converting files from RGB into CMYK for use on a printing press
the above settings will convert your image to a CMYK file with colors
that will match the pre press systems that are most often used in your
If you are uncomfortable with using Photoshop, just forward our high
resolution scans to your printer operator and they will make any necessary
color adjustments and apply unsharp
In fact, any digital file will always be adjusted slightly by your printer
operator as, while in one geographic area most printing systems use the
same basic settings, every printing press has it's own unique way of interpreting
and producing color.