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How to sync color settings between Adobe applications

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Use the Adobe Bridge app to sync color settings between Adobe apps. This app is included as part of Adoe Creative Cloud. Use the “Color Settings” window after starting Adobe Bridge.

If you’re working with multiple Adobe Creative Cloud apps for your organization, you’ll want to sync color settings across apps to maintain consistent color that stays in line with your corporate brand. Here’s how to do it.

Why you should sync color settings

If you are self-employed on a single project for a client, it may not be necessary to sync the entire Adobe suite of applications. However, if you are working for a corporation, it is imperative that you do so.

Regardless of how long you’ve worked for a company, it’s extremely difficult to “see” a color and do it correctly. Many things go into a color palette, such as primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors. All of these colors serve a unique function for corporate branding, such as helping people quickly identify your signature look.

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Using the wrong color, even if it’s a little off, can cause problems and confusion. If you have your color settings in Adobe Photoshop, but need to work in InDesign, things can easily go wrong if your colors aren’t in sync between applications.

Also, the medium in which the design is viewed, such as on screen, newspaper, etc., makes a difference in how the colors will display. You can sync color settings across Adobe applications to maintain color consistency.

Synchronize color settings with Adobe Bridge

To sync your color settings across Adobe applications, open Bridge. Bridge is an Adobe app that comes with Adobe Creative Cloud that allows you to centralize your assets across the platform. You can open Bridge by launching the application through the normal means, or you can open it from a different Adobe application by clicking “File” and then selecting “Browse in Bridge” from the drop-down menu.

Open Bridge from Photoshop.

In Bridge, click “Edit” on the menu bar, then select “Color Settings” near the bottom of the drop-down menu.

Open Color Settings.

The Color Settings window will appear. The five most common configurations (for North America) are:

  • color monitor: For content displayed in videos or on-screen presentations.
  • North America General Purpose 2: For screen and print.
  • North American Newspaper: For standard newspaper press conditions.
  • North America Prepress 2: For common printing conditions.
  • North America Web/Internet: For the content to be displayed on the web.

Please note that you will see different settings depending on your location. Choose the settings that suit you best and then click “Apply”.

Choose the correct color setting.

Color settings are now in sync across all Adobe apps, keeping your colors light, sharp, and consistent.

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