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164: Thou shall ensure your color settings remain synchronized across all applications

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Commentary One of the great advantages to using an integrated suite of design tools is the fact that you can create similar (or similarish, at least) working environments when switching from one to another. The Adobe® Creative Suite® is particularly good at this and pays special attention to the synchronization of color settings for different color models or working spaces through a centralized function in Adobe® Bridge. It also allows the user to synchronize how applications treat images as they move from, say, Photoshop® to InDesign® or Illustrator®. Why is this important? Well, it’s unlikely that you’ll be using Photoshop® to design a layout or InDesign® to create a complex vector illustration, and if you can’t rely on consistent color when moving between applications there’s really no point in paying any attention to the colors you choose to specify, as your final results won’t be predictable or consistent. It’s not a creative process as such, but color consistency is extremely important if you want to see color proofs and final output that’s a close match to what you’ve been looking at on your computer screen. TS

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