Why does everything look darker in PS than in other apps??

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Toby, Dec 23, 2004.

  1. Toby

    Toby Guest

    Hi all,

    I've asked this before and never received an answer that made any sense.
    Photoshop CS displays all my photos and graphics files significantly darker
    than any other app, including ACDSee, viewing my uploaded files on the web,
    my Epson printer preview, etc. I have not been able to find any way to alter
    the display gamma of Photoshop alone--is there a way??

    The funny thing is that this problem only happens with XP. My work computer
    using Win 2K and my old home computer with Win2K do not have this problem. I
    am not using Adobe Gamma; I've calibrated my monitor with a Pantone Spyder.
    This happens only with PS.

    Anybody have any ideas what might be going on?

    TIA for any light you might be able to shed...

    Toby, Dec 23, 2004
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  2. Toby

    Waldo Guest

    Do you have both the ColorVision/Pantone software and Adobe Gamma
    active??? In that case, you'll get wrong colors and you should disable
    Adobe Gamma loader (remove it from the Startup folder).

    Waldo, Dec 23, 2004
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  3. Toby

    Si Guest

    My thoughts exactly - you may not have calibrated using Adobe Gamma, but if
    it's active at startup - then you will get conflicts.

    Si, Dec 23, 2004
  4. Toby

    Tacit Guest

    I've asked this before and never received an answer that made any sense.
    Yes. The explanation is simple:

    Photoshop uses something called "color management." Because every computer
    monitor is different and displays color differently, Photoshop looks at your
    brand of monitor and other information (like the color profile in the image),
    then changes the color you see on oyur screen to compensate for your brand of
    monitor and so on.

    With other programs, like ACDSee, if you look at the same picture on three
    diffeent kinds of monitors you see three different things--the color does not
    match on all the monitors. Photoshop changes the color it shows on the screen;
    with Photoshop, if you look at the same picture on three different brands of
    monitors, they all look the same, assuming they are properly calibrated.
    There are TWO ways. One is to use the View->proof Setup->Monitor RGB command.
    The other is to use the Preferences command to turn color management off.

    This is documented quite well. Read the chapter on "Color Management" in your
    manual. (You do have a manual, right?)
    Tacit, Dec 23, 2004
  5. Toby

    Toby Guest

    I don't have Gamma active, and even if I did Adobe Gamma is global--it
    affects the monitor setting for all apps, not just Photoshop, right? So
    things should appear dark in all the apps, not just Photoshop, as far as I
    can see.

    Toby, Dec 24, 2004
  6. Toby

    Toby Guest

    Thanks for all the help. I will give it a try. Perhaps I should have dug
    deeper in the manual and books before asking the question, but I don't
    understand why this should happen on the new computer using Windows XP and
    not on the old one using W2K. Same monitor...I've also tried different
    monitors with the same result.

    Toby, Dec 25, 2004
  7. Toby

    Toby Guest

    Spot on. Many thanks. Absolutely clear now that I know where to look. The
    custom setting is going to be very helpful in setting up some sort of
    WYSIWYG situation with my printer as well. I must admit that I am not
    totally clear on color management :-(

    Toby, Dec 25, 2004
  8. You'd be in the majority, then!

    Could you kindly trim your replies? Makes it a lot easier to read the NG
    when folks do that.

    Merry Christmas,
    John McWilliams, Dec 25, 2004
  9. Toby

    Toby Guest

    Can do, but usually I don't because some news servers lose posts and then
    one is stuck reading a reply without having the question for reference.


    Toby, Dec 29, 2004
  10. But I said trim, not maim! <s>

    A reply saying thanks needs no "reference".

    A reply that retains only the relevant part of the previous post(s) is a
    beautiful thing.
    John McWilliams, Dec 29, 2004
  11. Toby

    Toby Guest

    John McWilliams wrote..
    Got it. You're right.

    Toby, Dec 29, 2004
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