I'm using CS6 with Windows 8. I use Convert to Profile Working RGB-sRGB, which I've used in all previous versions of PS. But when I publish the photos on-line they come out dark and murky. I've tried this on different computers to different websites, with the same results. I've never had this issue with prior PS versions. I've tried Save for Web, I've tried just Save As, but always with the same poor results. Has anyone else had this problem or know of a solution?
Here is the image:
In this image you can see that the bottom is completely black. In PS this is brown and has detail. Other areas of this photo that look black actually have detail in PS and the image looks about half a stop lighter overall in PS. The images don't have any embedded profile. I'm currently using a trial version of PS.
The working space is:
Settings: North America Web/Internet(I think I changed it to this in attempts to get it to work online)
CMYK:US Web Coated(SWOP) v2
Gray: Gray Gamma 2.2
Spot: Dot Gain 20%
RGB: Convert to working RGB
CMYK: Preserve Embedded Profiles
Gray: Preserve Embedded Profiles
You cannot achieve proper color-management by just randomly trying stuff. Nor is there one set of configuration settings that just works for everyone, and there are settings you almost certainly don't know about (such as your monitor color profile as maintained by the operating system).
All the settings are there for good reasons.
You really do need to strive to understand exactly what you're doing. Get your head around color-management so you can make intelligent choices and achieve repeatable results on your own system. This will involve reading and more reading, some experimentation to see how things work for yourself, and probably some discussions with experts. Before you're done you're going to want to give up and reach for a simple answer. Try not to be tempted to do that, even though there will be people who will say "do this, and don't think about it".
Consider dropping the assumption that you ever had it right. You may have been lucky to find a workflow and settings that gave you somewhat acceptable results, but that may not be repeatable if you have a different monitor or something else has changed.
Understand that not every application is properly color-managed, so images on your very own system may not be consistently displayed from one application to the next, and even if you DO get everything straight showing images on the web is a bit of a hit or miss proposition because the folks viewing them won't have proper color-management setups.
Finally, experience has shown that trying to learn color-management on a web forum is nearly impossible, though well-meaning folks that have (some of) it figured out will try to help. Tempers will often flare. It takes a lot of specific effort to try to understand and embrace the concepts before things start to click, but don't worry; it all makes sense once you get it and it's an understanding you will be able to use to your advantage for the rest of your life.
Best of luck.
I'm not a complete novice on this. I calibrate my monitor every couple of weeks using X-Rite i1. I've also had many of my photos professionally printed and had to go through the ordeal of matching my monitor with the printer's. I just didn't realize the default color profile settings on PS6 were so different from what I had on PS5. I have this photo looking pretty close to the original right now, and I'm much happier with the results. But I'm going to take some time to understand more about these color profiles. Thanks for everyone's help.
in theory, bugs and defective profiles aside
if Photoshop is applying the correct source profile (via use embedded profile or assign profile) then Photoshop is displaying properly through the 'calibrated' monitor profile (through a source> monitor profile conversion)
if your other apps don't "match" Photoshop then they are not applying the correct source profile and/or they are not converting to the monitor profile
Photoshop "soft proofing" View> Proof Setup: Monitor RGB and View> Proof Setup: Internet Standard sRGB may offer you a clue to what's going on in your problem apps...
try ASSIGN CONVERT TUTORIAL (five easy steps to profile enlightenment)