Mac newbie question: Saved images too bright

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Gordon, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    I've recently moved from a PC to a Mac and from CS2 to CS3 version of
    Photoshop. I've noticed that after doing this, when I save an image
    out from Photoshop the result looks too bright when I view an image in
    any image viewer or web browser on the Mac, but the colours look as
    they were intended when reloading the image in Photoshop again. I've
    tried various settings for colour profiles (simply setting "Don't
    colour manage this file" on Windows produced the expected result but
    doesn't seem to work on the Mac), tried saving the file both with and
    without the embedded colour profile, but nothing I try seems to

    This is getting very frustrating as I mostly produce images for web
    consumption and need to be able to RGB match colours precisely so that
    for example the image's background colour matches against a CSS
    specified background colour. I tried searching Google and in this
    group but couldn't find anything that looked useful. I'm surely not
    the only person to have run into this problem, can anyone help?
    Gordon, Aug 22, 2008
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  2. Gordon

    Roy G Guest


    Read the Thread on the 16th

    "how to fix the difference in color profiles between file view & actual

    And study up on Colour Management in PS Help Files.

    Roy G
    Roy G, Aug 22, 2008
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  3. Gordon

    saycheez Guest

    I do not have a solution for you but I admit I do not clearly understand
    what you are describing.
    If you have created an RGB specified background color that matches the RGB
    analyzed object then these should display the same regardless of program,
    although they may not appear to have the same tonal values when viewed
    outside of Photoshop. That is the same in both Apple and Windows OSes.
    You are likely aware that monitor calibrated color management is intended
    for reasonably predictable WYSIWYG color printing. That is the same in both
    Apple and Windows OSes.
    I presume you are aware that using other than dedicated graphics panels one
    frequently encounters the problem that color managed output, meaning prints,
    are darker than what is perceived on overly bright and not really
    adjustable LCD panels. Apple panels are consumer grade and subject to this
    like nearly all others. More than some, in fact.
    If color matched printing is not your object but you want images to appear
    more or less similar in all programs it has been recommended to use Monitor
    RGB as your color space in Photoshop.
    While some variation is common when viewing an image outside a color managed
    Photoshop environment it should not be all that extreme in either the Mac OS
    or Windows-- even the abomination that is Vista. It could be that your color
    management settings in Photoshop may not be correct. Perhaps you are not
    creating your images in the appropriate color space to begin with.
    saycheez, Aug 22, 2008
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