Color Management | Goals and Purpose

In Editing: Getting Accurate Color and Brightness, we touched on monitor calibration.

Color management is a topic that’s a bit complex and can be confusing, but let’s take another step!


Once we’ve calibrated our monitors and have a good editing setup, we open up a photograph to edit, and need to decide what Color Proof we’re going to work with.

This can be found in Photoshop CS5 under View>Proof Setup>Custom.

Popular working options include Internet Standard RGB, Adobe, and more.

Depending on which Proof option we choose (and be sure that ‘Proof Colors’ is checked!), our image can look VERY different.


This is where our goals and purpose comes in.

  • If we only plan to upload our photography online, working in Internet Standard RGB may be best.
  • If we plan on running prints of our fine art for sale, working in CMYK or a custom profile via our preferred printer may be best.

It really depends on what our main use of our art will be.


Color Management is a very important, although complex, topic.

Let’s check out some of the articles available online, and get a better idea of how we’re working!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’


If you have any questions or suggestions for Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials Tuesday, please leave a comment or contact me!

See you next week!


Sunset Peak

Time is constantly flowing, and it can be hard to use wisely.

Time-managment isn’t a strong skill for many of us, myself included.  It can be hard to focus and prioritize our daily activities when we have work, family to care for, piles of books we want to read, homes to maintain.  The list goes on, and probably includes social media, tv, or gaming.

Books on time management abound, and it’s definitely a beneficial skill to develop.  We can learn to keep better track of our time, focus on what’s most important, and be able to keep our commitments.  Like updating a blog, perhaps!

Let’s start developing our time management skills, whether we dive into books or a few articles on the web.  Time is valuable and always on the move, so let’s learn to use it more effectively and enjoyably!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photography of new green plants Spring Seeds