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Photoshop Error Message - Color Profiles

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Just recently, most every PS document or image I open in PS gives me an error message about color profile (attached).  I read a little about it and went to my Color Profile and there is no option to change it (atached).  What am I doing wrong - most images I design are for web, social media but would like to know how to handle this - for examle is RGB 8 bit proper as opposed to RGB 16 bit?  Thanks.Screen Shot 2020-07-14 at 10.56.59 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-07-14 at 10.51.08 AM.png

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Photoshop Error Message - Color Profiles

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Just recently, most every PS document or image I open in PS gives me an error message about color profile (attached).  I read a little about it and went to my Color Profile and there is no option to change it (atached).  What am I doing wrong - most images I design are for web, social media but would like to know how to handle this - for examle is RGB 8 bit proper as opposed to RGB 16 bit?  Thanks.Screen Shot 2020-07-14 at 10.56.59 AM.pngScreen Shot 2020-07-14 at 10.51.08 AM.png

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So I looked again in my Color Profile and I changed the setting to the sRGB one and that allowed me to chnaged the RGB setting to Preserve Embedded Profile - is this the proper setting or should it be Adobe RGB (1998) or other?  And 8 Bit or 16 Bit?  Thanks.

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I not normal to have your default working RGB color space your display color space.  Images are normally edited in a standard color spacer like sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB. I think  you need to look at Color management some

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Don't ever set color management policies to "off". Don't ever set your monitor profile as working RGB. That disables all color management and will very quickly get you into deep trouble.

 

Revert your color settings to defaults, the easiest way is to check the "North America General Purpose" preset. Above all, policies should always be "Preserve Embedded Profiles".

 

Color management just works. Leave it alone.

 

As for the message itself, it's just for information. It's pretty useless at that and doesn't tell you anything useful. Having an embedded profile that doesn't match the working space has never been even the slightest problem. An embedded profile will always override the working space. With color management up and running, any profile will be correctly treated.

 

I have all those warnings turned off. It's much better to keep track of profiles in the notification area at the bottom left of the image window. It tells you all you need to know at a glance.

 

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BTW - if you don't know what color space to use, the answer is very simple: use sRGB.

 

sRGB is safe in almost any situation and you can't really go terribly wrong. Adobe RGB, ProPhoto or DCI-P3, which are the other alternatives, all carry some special considerations and you need to know what you're doing. Wait until you get more experience before you start looking at those.

 

 

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Appreciate it - somehow that message just started popping it - don't remember changing the setting but now have it as North America General Purpose 2 and sRGB - how about 8 Bit or 16 Bit - been reading some about it and it seems 8 Bit is satisfactory for social and web - any articles you can link me to or advice on that - thank you very much.

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wrote:

how to handle this - for examle is RGB 8 bit proper as opposed to RGB 16 bit?

 

The short answer is that sRGB is the de facto color space of the web and social media.

 

But the longer answer is that doesn’t mean everything has to be set to sRGB, because anything you edit can be converted to sRGB when you export for the web from from Photoshop. The Export As and Save for Web (Legacy) commands both have a Convert to sRGB option. In other words, the original, editing, and delivery color spaces can all be different, as long as you deliver sRGB in the end.

 

To simplify this, follow D_Fosse’s advice and use the General Purpose settings for your region in the Color Settings dialog box. It automatically preserves profiles embedded in incoming images, and doesn’t put up warnings. You could use the Web/Internet settings, but it will show warnings; you’ll have to know how to handle them. What the General Purpose settings do is that no matter the color space of an incoming document, it’s fully preserved, and new blank documents are sRGB. That works fine.

 

You also asked about 8 bits per channel vs 16. That’s a different question than for color. 8 bits per channel sRGB is best for the web and social media, but it doesn’t have to be 8bpc when you edit it, because it will be converted to 8 bits per channel when you use the Export As or Save for Web commands.

 

The general idea is you can edit a nice high-quality master (8bpc Adobe RGB, 8bpc sRGB, 16bpc ProPhoto RGB, or whatever), and when you’re done, Export As or Save for Web will make it a web-ready 8bpc sRGB file. But if you want to keep it simple, you can use 8bpc sRGB from the start.

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Excellent - thanks so much.

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