I have noticed a common trend among my .jpeg saves from photoshop, they all seem to appear darker than when they were originally viewed and edited accordingly in Photoshop.
I don't know much about Color profiles and such, I have gone through the settings briefly, but do not want to mess anything up! Any recommendations? Thank you in advance.
ASUS N76VZ - GeForce GT 650M - Windows 8 (in case it matters)
Photoshop is color managed, other programs may or may not be. It is a complex subject but start with http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942856
Provides answers for Photo Viewer and color issues.
This should help.
yeah, i agree with Noel, your Edit> Color Settings> Working Spaces: Gray space appears to be vastly different gamma than your monitor profile
your monitor space should probably be profiled near 2.2 gamma, d60/6000, luminance 120 cmd2
i will recommend trying these settings (particularly the Color Management Policies set to all three Preserve Embedded Profiles and all three boxes checked to warn you of profile issues
lastly, i recommend you goggle for a download copy of the the Photodisc-Getty PDI tagged WhackedRGB.jpg reference image to check your monitor/workflow - trust Photoshop and that image to show you where problems may lie in your workflow and other images
the bad news is - after you get Photoshop and your monitor working properly - you may find that most/all your legacy documents are not as you think and may need to be readjusted...
that and pay attention if you are embedding profiles in Photoshop save (or not)
and if your image viewers/web browsers are using the embedded profile or not (WhackedRGB.jpg should make that pretty obvious)
Yah, the final output was web-based, and I discover that it displays them just the same as most browsers post-upload.
Thanks for the help. I just researched about it. Can't believe I didn't know this before. I don't often work with printing and such. Thanks!
Now, a question about Gray 2.2 and 1.8.
Gray 1.8 is the gamma on Legacy monitors I have read. These were film scans and so I imagine that when they were scanned they were scanned with the Gray 1.8 profile which was kept in photoshop and when viewed on my Gray 2.2 calibrated monitor they then appeared darker without the color management. Does this sound right?
I ended up converting the files to Gray 2.2 and saving it as such in Photoshop, that seemed to solve the problem.
Last question. I've begun research into color calibration systems and am leaning towards the Spyder 4 Pro as from the reviews it seems the best of the bunch for the price. Does that sound right to you guys?
How crucial is an IPS monitor as well?
The important thing about the monitor is that it has to look substantially the same no matter whether you're looking at it straight on or at a bit of an angle. Otherwise it won't much matter whether it's calibrated and profiled.
With your current image open, choose Edit > Convert to Profile. Then select Gray > Gray Gamma 2.2 or RGB > sRGB and you will be fine. In fact I would go with sRGB, I don't think the file size will be significantly different between the two.