Are your Lightroom Plug-ins in your Color Space?
I came across s this other day and thought if it happened to me surely it happened to others.
We have Working Color Spaces for our image; sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB. Everyone has their preferences and this article won’t delve into which you should use. A problem comes when you install Plug-ins from different manufacturers,(Nik, Topaz, Macphun etc) when they install they may not install with the Color space you desire and you may not even know this is happening. For a lot of people this may not even matter but if you are s stickler like I am for Color Management, it’s very important.
So here is how to check it in Lightroom for all the Plug-in
In Lightroom go to your preferences ( In Mac it’s cmd+,) and then go to the “External Editing” tab. While you are there you can check that if you have Photoshop also, that the Edit In settings are how you want for that are correct.
Underneath that is “Additional External Editor” settings. Here you will find in the drop-down all your plug-in (if some are not there you can add them here also)
So go through each and every Plug-in preset and make sure the settings for
- File Format
- Color Space
- Bit Depth
Are all set correctly
Now Lightroom is a little funny to make sure these new settings or any changes you make sticky.
Once you make the changes you want you have to drop down the preset list again and down the bottom, click Update Preset XXXXX (XXXXX being the name of the preset). If you don’t do this the changes you make will not stick to that preset
This way you can keep a consistent color workflow throughout and in all other Editing Programs such as Photoshop. People don’t always check the colorspace of their file and just make assumptions it stayed the same.
A good thing to do, if you have Photoshop, is to make sure in your Color Settings (Edit> Color Settings) Is to make sure all the check boxes are checked for Ask When Opening for:
- Profile Mismatches
- Missing Profiles
- Ask When Pasting
This way Photoshop will warn you if a Color Profile is other then your Photoshop Working space. Its how I found out Lightroom Plug-ins were not what I wanted.
Hope that helps,