Saturation is higher when viewing images in CS2...

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by BD, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. BD

    BD Guest

    Hey, all.

    I recently pulled a bunch of RAWs from my camera, made the adjustments
    I needed, and then saved them as 16bpp TIFF.

    I then exited PS, and went to browse the images with an older version
    of ACDSee. The saturation in the images was way off. It was so bad I
    had to go back into PS, and increase the saturation to +30 so that it
    would look 'normal' when viewing outside of PS.

    I'd like to not have to do this, but I'm not clear on what would be
    causing this discrepancy. I have not made use of any color profiles for
    anything, so I would *think* that PS would behave the same as any other
    app, in terms of the colors that it displays.

    Can someone suggest what might be at work here?

    Thanks for all suggestions...

    BD
     
    BD, Sep 18, 2006
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    Roy G Guest

    Hi.

    Elementary, my dear BD.

    Ps uses Colour Management, AcDSee does not.

    The files will have been Tagged with the Adobe RGB Profile, which means that
    when viewed in any non Colour Managed Viewer, they will show up as
    undersaturated.

    Open them in Ps, Edit > Convert Profile and choose sRGB, then save and
    close.

    When making the conversions from RAW ensure that the profile selected is
    sRGB.

    If you intend printing them on your own Inkjet, you would get a bit better
    range of colours (Gamut) if you kept them as Adobe RGB and used Colour
    Management while printing.
     
    Roy G, Sep 18, 2006
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  3. BD

    BD Guest

    Elementary, my dear BD.

    Yes, I just had a discussion with a co-worker about it, and we arrived
    at the same conclusion.

    I'll have to educate myself on such stuff... Ideally I'd like the
    saturation of the images to not be dependent on what application is
    viewing them. Hopefully the conversion to sRGB will assist in that
    regard. I'll find out tonight! ;-)

    Thanks!
     
    BD, Sep 18, 2006
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    Jim Guest

    That isn't possible. So many programs are not color managed; with these it
    is pot luck at getting good colors. As PS is color managed (and that is one
    of its strengths), it would seem that you should always view your images in
    PS.

    Jim
     
    Jim, Sep 18, 2006
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  5. BD

    BD Guest

    would seem that you should always view your images in PS.

    So... if someone is doing work for another person (say contract work,
    for example), and isn't sure whether the recipient will be viewing the
    images in Photoshop or some other app, what's the best strategy? Seems
    to me I should make the color profile of the images as 'ubiquitous' or
    generic as possible, so I would want to remove any profiling which will
    impose a dependence on viewing the images in PS.
     
    BD, Sep 18, 2006
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    Mike Russell Guest

    One good solution is not to use Adobe RGB. Distribute all your external RGB
    images as sRGB.
     
    Mike Russell, Sep 18, 2006
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    Roy G Guest

    Hi again.

    The whole point of Colour Management, is to ensure that when images are
    passed from one C.M computer system to another CM System, the colours shown
    on screen, or printed out, will be the same.

    With non CM systems the colours can, and do, vary quite considerably. Just
    have a look at the colours being shown on screens in any large Computer
    Store.

    Roy G
     
    Roy G, Sep 19, 2006
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  8. BD

    BD Guest

    One good solution is not to use Adobe RGB. Distribute all your external RGB
    Yes, this seems to have worked fine. After figuring out (finally, for
    the first time) how to record actions, I flipped the color space of all
    the relevant images. They look waaaay better now. ;)
     
    BD, Sep 19, 2006
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