Color management with Lightroom
We will now see how to integrate color management to a Lightroom workflow and we'll see how much easier it is than in Photoshop. In fact, there are just a lot less options or possibilities but the choices made by Adobe are very coherent and wise...
Color management in Lightroom is very easy and reduced to the smallest share, even if it is still very efficient and of great quality since it is implemented not to potentially lose colors because of the sole use of a small color space: sRGB. The basis of color management in Lightroom is indeed the very broad ProPhoto. Let's see how it works.
I'll let you read the different pages of this guide to understand the notions of color space, working space and also choose between sRGB, Adobe RGB and ProPhoto...
Color management at the opening of the photos
A new photo in Lightroom is either a photo in JPEG format coming directly from a camera, either a RAW file in most cases.
Important note! In fact, there's no proper color management menus in Lightroom. Lightroom assumes that all the images have a profile because they all come from a camera that worked in RAW or JPEG. If a photo doesn't have a profile, it will be displayed on the screen without the possibility to assign it the "right" profile. This will be Photoshop's private hunting.
Most common case. The images are displayed in their color space, hence sRGB or Adobe RGB depending on the setting you made on your camera. I'll let you read my page color management on your camera to learn how to possibly modify this space. It is sRGB by default.
Photos shot in RAW format
As in Camera Raw, the "Development" tab works in ProPhoto 16 bits (the number of bits depends on your camera body thus varies between 12 and 16 real bits)! It is only at the moment of final exportation that you'll choose your color space.
Note! In RAW, it is possible to choose a new color space at each opening of RAW file without it being damaging for the original file, of course.
Color management for exportation in Lightroom
When you export the images to edit them in Photoshop or another program, you'll be able to choose your destination color space either in Lightroom's "Preferences", either at the moment of exportation:
1 - Lightroom's preferences - Open the menu "Preferences" in Lightroom and click the tab "External edition" :