Basic channel settings
Where: Channel | Channel Settings tab
By clicking the channel in the console tree and choosing the Channel Settings tab you can adjust the name and priority of the channel, its input and output folders and the output file format. You can also enable or disable the channel by ticking the corresponding check-box.
Channel name – Here you may change the channel name as it appears in the channel list.
Priority – When configuring a channel, you may set a priority for that channel. This way, channels requiring greater attention than others may be given priority over low-urgency channels. On the Process Environment tab you may set the Maximum delay in normal and low priority channels to ensure that channels of lower priority are given sufficient attention as well.
Priority is only available in Color Factory Enterprise
Input and Output Folder – If you wish to change the input and / or output folder of the channel, simply choose the new path here.
Output File Format – Depending on the file format selected, additional drop-down lists may appear, allowing you to adjust compression or encoding settings. Note that when choosing EPS or DCS 1 or 2 as output format, you have the option of choosing between a TIFF or PICT preview. While a PICT preview is 24-bit and thus higher quality than the TIFF (8-bit), it is only compatible with Macintosh systems.
By ticking Use same format as input file, you can make sure all input file types that Color Factory can write will be preserved in their original formats. If an input file type arrives that Color Factory can only read but not write, the file will be processed according to the output format selected in the drop-down list.
Note that if you choose JPEG Copy as output format, any Progressive JPEG input file will be converted to regular JPEG in the output folder.
Additional information about some of the available file formats
TIFF – The regular, 8-bit TIFF format, like the PSD format, supports transparency layers.
TIFF 16-bit enabled – Similar to the TIFF format, but supporting 16-bit images.
TIFF JPEG – 8-bit TIFF with JPEG compression. The compression ratio can be set using the JPEG Quality dropdown list. This TIFF format does not support transparency.
JPEG – Regular JPEG. The compression ratio can be set in the JPEG Quality dropdown list. The actual compression level of each JPEG quality selectable in the dropdown list can be changed under the channel’s Output file formats feature.
JPEG Copy – This format should be used in channels that are used for all other things than editing of image data. It will preserve the image data without decompressing and recompressing it, avoiding JPEG quality loss. Note that the JPEG Copy setting will effectively prevent any kind of image manipulation in the channel, so it should be used in those cases where a channel is used e.g. to route input JPEGs to various output folders, to add metadata and other processed not involving manipulation on the image data. Note that a non-JPEG input file will be converted to JPEG in the output folder with the chosen JPEG Quality setting. Also, a Progressive JPEG in the input folder will be converted to a regular JPEG in the output folder.
Technically, Color Factory will write a new file in the output folder, but the JPEG data block will have been transferred to the new file without alteration.
JPEG Progressive – A JPEG format that separates the JPEG into a series of scans. This is e.g. useful for web publishing over low-bandwidth connections, as the quality of the picture will gradually increase in the web browser until the full-resolution image is finally loaded. Note that a progressive JPEG is larger than a baseline JPEG, so it should only be used for such special purposes (e.g. web publishing).
JPEG for Web – A baseline JPEG in sRGB stripped of Photoshop headers, EXIF information, ICC profile and image thumbnail to produce as small a picture as possible. Metadata will still be included. Suitable for web publishing.
Photoshop PSD – Note that for Color Factory to preserve layers and support advanced handling of layers, Color Factory Enterprise is required.
Photoshop PSD 16-bit – Same as above, only with 16-bit support.
PNG 24-bit & Alpha Support – With Alpha channel support it is possible to preserve the transparency layer in an input PSD or TIFF image in the output PNG format. This is also typically useful for web publishing of the images.
Choosing processing bit-depth
Using the drop-down box labeled Processing bit-depth you can choose between three options:
Never use 16-bit processing – This is the default option to make sure 16-bit processing is never used. Any incoming 16-bit file will be converted to 8-bit before processing. This ensures faster processing and produces a good quality result in most cases.
Auto, use 16-bit processing when appropriate – Makes Color Factory process 16-bit incoming files in 16-bit mode, whereas 8-bit files will be processed in 8-bit mode. 16-bit processing is only available for TIFF with 16-bit enabled and PSD 16-bit. To preserve 16-bit for these files in the output folder, make sure you choose the 16-bit variant of the TIFF or PSD format as the channel’s output file format.
Always use 16-bit processing – When enabled this option will make Color Factory convert all files to 16-bit for processing, after which the chosen output file format will determine whether the file is finally saved in 16-bit mode or converted back to 8-bit before it is saved.
Using the input folder and input options of another channel
When two channels or more have been created, you can configure a channel to use the input folder and input options of another channel while using its own processing features and output folder. The input folder and special options related to the handling of input files will be synced across from the "master" channel, while the two channels can be configured differently feature-wise.
To enable this feature, expand the list of channels and select the channel you want to modify. Make sure the Channel settings tab is selected and select the checkbox labelled This channel uses the input folder and options of another channel, then choose the channel whose input folder and options you wish to use.
Making sure the channel is enabled
Use the Channel is enabled checkbox at the bottom of the page to enable or disable processing of files in the channel.