Sync settings between CS or CC applications

In the previous lesson, we learned how to make several small but important changes to the standard color settings in Photoshop in order to have as many color variations and tones as possible at our disposal when editing images. We also learned how to save our settings as a preset, which we can easily switch to if necessary.

All this is great if the only program we use is Photoshop itself. But what if you, like many people, ordered an extended Creative Suite or a Creative Cloud subscription that includes Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and other applications?

In this case, we need to make sure that these applications use the same color settings as Photoshop, in order to preserve colors when moving from one application to another. Fortunately, as we will learn in this lesson, there is no need to change the color settings in each application separately, since Adobe has created a significantly simplified process for synchronizing color settings between.

The problem, in fact, is that you will not find the corresponding function in Photoshop itself. Instead, we will use Adobe Bridge to synchronize our settings.

I’ll be using Photoshop CS6, part of Adobe Creative Suite 6, but this tutorial is for all Photoshop users as part of the latest Creative Suite or Creative Cloud subscription. If you bought only Photoshop itself, you should not worry about transferring the settings (since Photoshop, in fact, is the only program you use).

And before we begin, a small note for Photoshop CC users: Adobe Bridge is no longer automatically installed.

Short Repeat Color Settings

If you have not done so already, first of all you should read our previous lesson.

In this lesson, I talked about important color settings that you need to change, also explaining why standard settings are not the best choice. I also explained how to save your settings as custom, before you sync them to Creative Suite / Cloud. Quickly summarize our settings, starting from the place where we stopped last time. Open the Photoshop color settings by selecting the tab Edit (Edit) on the command panel and select Customize colors (Color Settings):

This will open the color options dialog box. As standard, the color settings are set to North America General Purpose 2 (or something similar if you live in another part of the world), which sets the RGB environment to sRGB, giving us a very limited range of colors. and tones that do not allow our images to appear in the best light:

At this stage, I switch to the user settings I created in the last lesson. I called the preset My Color Settings (because I’m incredibly creative, you know), then I click on North America General Purpose 2 and select My Color Settings from the list that appears.

When the preset I created is selected, my working RGB space expands to an improved Adobe RGB space, providing a lot of possibilities for working with colors and tones that were not available in sRGB mode. Also, I tick all three windows below, which means that every time I open or insert an image that has a different color profile or does not have it at all, Photoshop will display a warning. Once again, if all this seems completely incomprehensible to you, check out my previous lesson.

Next, I click on the Cancel button in order to close the color settings dialog box. Now that our custom settings are saved, how can we sync them with other Creative Suite / Cloud apps?

For this, you need to go to Adobe Bridge. At this stage, I’m still in Photoshop, and to open Adobe Bridge directly from it, I click on the menu. File (File) – Overview in Bridge (Browse in Bridge):

This will open Adobe Bridge if the application has not already been opened. Click on the menu Edit (Edit) and select Creative Cloud Color Settings (It is worth noting that in Bridge CC for Creative Cloud, the option is simply called Creative Cloud):

This will open a color options dialog box different from what we saw in Photoshop. Here, instead of customizing the individual color options, we simply select the preset that we want to apply to the entire Creative Suite / Cloud. And here, the Universal Settings in North America 2 are installed in the same standard way. Note that the upper part of the dialog box says that my color settings are not yet synchronized with other Adobe applications:

I choose the preset I created and saved in Photoshop, My Color Settings (My Color Settings), click on the button To apply, To synchronize these settings with all Creative Suite / Cloud applications installed on my computer:

Photoshop will close the dialog when you click To apply, and to see what happened, I will re-open the same dialog box by clicking on the menu Edit (Edit) and selecting Creative Cloud Color Settings (or just Creative Cloud). This time we see that my preset is selected, and the message at the top of the dialog box tells me that now these color settings are synchronized with all Creative Suite / Cloud applications. Now I can open Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or any other application from the Creative Suite, and I will see that everywhere the color settings are changed to those I created. This is so simple:

Done! So quickly, you can synchronize any of your color settings from Photoshop with all Adobe Creative Suite or Creative Cloud!

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