Originally Posted by Mookster
I used your suggested work flow to edit a couple of images, and they came out much better than the junk I was getting out of PS when going in RAW, but damn if it isn't a pain in the a$$ moving between programs...
Is there any way to keep my workflow inside PS, from start to finish? I'd like to be able to pull the capture off the camera, pull it into PS, tweak the WB, levels, curves, get it the way I want and then save it out... Am I missing a checkbox somewhere in the "Save for Web" option that says "Wash out all color from the file when Saving for Web"?
Thanks for the replies and help, it is much appreciated!
You can do all your work in PS CS2. I view the images in the Bridge part of PS CS2 and select those from a common light set, then do a RAW convert of that set. I've detailed my workflow in a tutorial that is in the Digital formum of G1. There is no need to save the images out of the RAW converter. Just make your tweaks (wb, exposure, brightness, shadows, contrast) and then press Done for the group (you can use the select all and syncronize to make all the images match the settings of a typical shot from the set). Pressing Done saves the settings. Now when you open the image in the future it will have the settings automatically applied and will open up into Photoshop ready for any edits. Normally you want to work in the 16bit mode and it is easier to just stay in sRGB color space.
However, if you are working in Adobe RGB color space, then when you use Save for Web, you images will look washed out or of a different color. Right before you do a Save for Web, just convert the color space to sRGB and then the image will look the same in Save for the Web. If you want to maintain the Adobe RGB color space, just save it before the color space switch. I save as PSD.
You can also play around with the ICC profile checkbox and the Use Document color Profile in Save for Web if you want to by pass the color space conversion.