Section 78. Setting Up Color Management


#78. Setting Up Color Management

A brief how-to about color management is a little like providing a brief how-to about nuclear physics. Thick books by smart people have been written about the physics, physiology, and psychology of color and managing color in a publishing workflow. It's hard to reduce the topic of color management to a single bit of advice. That said, it's easy to enable InDesign's color management feature, and with minimal effort, you can set up a simple color-managed workflow so that colors look as consistent as possible throughout your workflow and under various display and print conditions.

By default, color management is turned on in InDesign. If you use InDesign as part of Adobe Creative Suite, you can use Adobe Bridge to synchronize color settings across all applications so that colors look the same throughout the suite.

To set up color management in InDesign, choose Edit > Color Settings. The Settings menu in the Color Settings dialog box (Figure 78) offers four options. Choose the option that is most appropriate for the kinds of publications you create with InDesign:

  • Choose Monitor Color only if you create designs for video or onscreen presentation.

  • Choose North America General Purpose to use typical settings for publications that will be printed with desktop printers (laser and inkjet) and for onscreen publications in North America.

  • Choose North America Prepress to use typical settings for publications that will be printed on a printing press in North America.

  • Choose North America Web/Internet to use typical settings for onscreen presentation in North America.

Figure 78. One option for managing color in InDesign is to choose one of the built-in settings available in the Settings menu.


If you're knowledgeable about color management and aren't satisfied with the default settings in the Color Settings dialog box, you can specify custom settings. Click Save to save custom settings in a file you can share with colleagues and clients.

Synchronizing Color Settings Across Adobe Creative Suite

Although it's possible to specify custom color settings for each application in Adobe Creative Suite, it's usually a good idea to synchronize color settings across all applications. To do this, open Adobe Bridge and navigate to the Bridge Center. If color settings are not synchronized, the color settings button at the bottom of the Bridge window displays, "Color Management is not synchronized" Click the button to display the Suite Color Settings dialog box. Click a setting in the list, and then click Apply.


If you use InDesign as part of Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign's color management settings are automatically synchronized with the other applications. When you first open the Color Settings dialog box, Synchronized is displayed in the upper-left corner to let you know that the settings are in synch with the other Creative Suite applications. If you change any of the settings in the Color Settings dialog box, Synchronized changes to Unsynchronized.



Adobe InDesign CS2 How-Tos(c) 100 Essential Techniques
Adobe InDesign CS2 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques
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