User Guide - Adobe Photoshop Workflow

Color Managed Photoshop Workflow

Apply LUTs in Photoshop with the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer

The key to a successful workflow is color consistency across all apps and platforms involved in your image processing pipeline. This guide provides a clear, step-by-step process for a color-managed wide-gamut workflow between Color.io and Adobe Photoshop.

Before you start: This guide builds on core concepts introduced in the previous guide on Adobe Lightroom and Camera RAW - please make sure to read that first if you haven't already.

Lightroom / ACR Workflow

Set up Photoshop for P3 Wide Gamut Processing

  1. Configure Color Settings: In Photoshop, navigate to Edit → Color Settings → RGB Working, and select P3 D65 Gamma 2.6. This step ensures Photoshop uses the wide gamut P3 color space that is also supported in Color.io.
  2. Assign Color Profile: In Photoshop, click on Edit → Assign Color Profile. Set the profile to Working RGB: P3 D65 Gamma 2.6

The P3 D65 Gamma 2.6 color gamut provides consistent color across different software platforms and modern displays. It is the ideal choice for a color-managed wide-gamut workflow between Lightroom, Camera RAW, Color.io and Photoshop.

Profile not available? Download the P3 D65 ICC profile here and drop it into the color profile  folder on your operating system:
macOS: Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles/Recommended
Windows: Windows/System32/Color

Match Preview in Color.io

  1. In Color.io, set the input color space to P3 (D65)
  2. Leave the output color space on sRGB (see previous article for gotchas)
  3. Export a wide gamut image or 3D LUT from Color.io by going to Export → Color Management and select P3 D65 Gamma 2.6 from the dropdown list.
  4. Save either a lossless PNG image or 3D LUT for use in Adobe Photoshop

Following these steps ensures that the previews in both applications match when viewed side by side while also maintaining a wide color gamut in the exchanged image files.

Color.io

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