Saved images (jpg) washed out compared to CS3 working image

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Schwingding, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Schwingding

    Schwingding Guest

    I am having a heck of a time figuring out this one. Images composed in
    CS3 and saved as JPGs look different. That is, the source image - on
    the screen in CS3, or the working image, looks the way I want it. Then
    I save it as a JPG and it looks washed out when viewed in any other
    application or browser. It is like someone turned the gamma way up on
    the JPG version.

    All my other graphics programs, Gimp, Polyview, etc.. do not have this
    behavior - that is , they behave normally.

    This only happens on my home PC, CS3 behaves normally on my office
    PC. I have looked in color settings, color profiles, even have the
    correct ICM for my monitor. Driving me nuts.

    Schwingding, Jun 3, 2008
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  2. Schwingding

    Talker Guest

    Your monitor isn't calibrated, that's why that happens.
    Photoshop allows you to use any number of color profiles, so if you go
    to "Edit....Color Settings...." you will see a window that has a box
    under the heading "Working Spaces". Now if you have a calibrated
    monitor, then you would have created a profile that your monitor is
    now using and that profile woul dhave a name that can be found under
    that heading. You would just choose that profile.
    If you don't have a calibrated monitor, then it's a crap shoot.
    You can try using a working space of Adobe RGB 1998 and see how that
    looks, but the thing is, if your monitor isn't calibrated, then what
    you see on your screen might not be what others see on their's. They
    only way to insure that you're seeing what most others are seeing is
    to calibrate your monitor.
    Just this week I bought the Spyder Pro 3 to calibrate my monitor
    and it works very well. I'm happy with the results.

    Talker, Jun 3, 2008
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  3. Schwingding

    tacit Guest

    Read and understand the chapter on "color management" in your manual.

    Photoshop does "color management." It changes the way pictures look on
    your screen to compensate for your exact brand of computer monitor and
    your working profile. Other programs, such as Web browsers (at least by
    default), do not do color management.

    If you want to see your pictures in Photoshop the way that they will
    look in other programs, use "monitor RGB" as your working color space,
    or click on View->Proof Setup->Monitor RGB.
    tacit, Jun 4, 2008
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