Setting your Monitor profile

Photoshop is not particularly intuitive when it comes to finding the current monitor profile. The following methods are the simplest that we know:

Windows XP: Right-click on the desktop and select Properties. Select the Settings tab in the dialog that appears and click the Advanced button. Selecting the Color Management tab then displays a dialog containing all installed monitor profiles. The currently active profile is highlighted (see figure 3-29 for the Windows XP version).

Here, you can add additional monitor profiles, delete installed ones, and change the default profile. You may have to restart your image processing program to apply any changes you make.

If you are running Windows XP and have MS Color Control Panel installed ([97]), you can use the Displays option in the WinColor Devices tab to view the profile associated with your display.

Windows Vista, Windows 7: Activate Control Panel Color Management, select tab Devices, and choose Display in the Device menu. Windows will show a dialog similar to that of figure 3-29, where you can select your monitor's profile. Also use this Control Panel to install and uninstall color profiles.

Mac OS X: Open System Preferences by clicking the icon in the dock. Select Displays and activate the Color tab. Figure 3-29: Finding the System Monitor profile in Windows XP The dialog will list all installed monitor profiles and highlight the currently active one (figure 3-30).

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Figure 3-28: We usually leave these two options unchecked.

Figure 3-30: Displaying the active monitor profile in Mac OS X

> Photoshop and most other color-managed applications use the monitor profiles provided by the Mac OS X or Windows system settings.

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