Camera Raw Workflow Settings

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At the lower-left corner of the Camera Raw window is a set of Workflow options (see Figure 8-8). Unlike other settings that are image-specific, you FigUre 8.8: Camera Raw Workflow options. can change or retain the Workflow settings for all the images you've worked on in Camera Raw. These settings include the color space you want your images to be converted to when they're opened in Photoshop, as well as the bit depth of the files, the image size, and the resolution in which to open the image. Here's the lineup:

l Space: Choose one of four color spaces to use when converting the image: Adobe RGB (1998), Colormatch RGB, ProPhoto RGB, or SRGB. I always leave this setting at Adobe RGB (1998), as most of my work is prepared for printing or press. If your photographs are being prepared exclusively for the Web, you may want to choose the sRGB option.

I Depth: Raw images are typically set to 16-bits per channel, which gives you 128 times the tonal range of 8-bit images. That's a lot more information (hence more detail) to work with in Photoshop. Because most of your images will be further adjusted in Photoshop, I recommend leaving this set to 16-bits per channel.

l Size: Camera Raw will set the size to the default resolution of your digital camera. If you know you're going to be producing large prints or smaller images for your image, you can set the resolution higher or lower, and let Camera Raw do the resampling (which is quicker than resizing the image later in Photoshop). This feature can come in handy when you have to process multiple images in Camera Raw. For individual images, some photographers save resizing for later, as a step in their output-preparation workflow.

l Resolution: If you have determined the final resolution you want for your image, you can make that change in the Resolution setting. (I usually prepare my images for printing, so I set the resolution to 360 pixels per inch.)

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