In This Chapter
Choosing foreground and background colors
Establishing color management settings
Getting consistent color among multiple applications
Soft proofing colors
Color in Photoshop takes on two personalities. On one hand, choosing colors and applying them is easy, fun, and stress-free. On the other hand, managing color — that is, making what you see on-screen match what comes out on paper (or in your browser) — can be difficult and frustrating.
Unfortunately, you have to be well-versed in both picking great colors and managing colors for print. What's the use of creating the next Mona Lisa in Photoshop only to find that it looks like a fifth-generation color Xerox copy? In this chapter, I start by showing you how to define and apply color; then, I ease you into the world of color management.
If you haven't already read the section on color theory in Book II, Chapter 2, you might want to give it a gander before you dive into this chapter. Knowing a little color theory may make this chapter a little more palatable.
Photoshop has two categories of color — a foreground color and a background color. You apply the foreground color when you use the type tools, the painting tools, or the shape tools. The foreground color is also the beginning color of a default gradient applied by the Gradient ...