I'm running CS5.5 student edition on a brand new Asus Q500A laptop running Windows 8. i7 processor and a UMA graphics card.
I do not have calibration software; I'm using Calibrize for the moment and colors appear fairly true when browsing after calibration.
My problem is that overall colors in Photoshop appear more saturated than those in regular browser windows, particularly reds. I set up my computer to run the Win8 photos app and my desktop with Photoshop simultaneously and the color difference was immediately noticeable. I did a quick screen grab to show the difference; the inset photo is the one viewed in Win8's photos app, and the background is the exact same photo open in Photoshop.
This is the second install of this program. I originally installed it on a Dell Inspiron with a DuoCore processor (way out of spec, I know - that's why I upgraded!) and I seem to remember having this issue then, too. I found a way to correct it, but I don't remember how I fixed it and Photoshop is no longer on that machine so I can't look over my settings.
I have not changed the color profile in Photoshop. When installed it chose North America General Purpose 2 as default and I've left it there. I experimented with the other color profiles and while the color tone in Photoshop changes, there is still a difference when the image is viewed in another program.
Any help is much appreciated - I can't trust the program to handle color properly right now and until I can, I'm dead in the water.
I first noticed this problem with original graphics. Photoshop is saving with the sRGB profile embedded by default. I did a save-as of that image in Photoshop (originally edited in PS6, I think) and opened it again in Photoshop and Photos. They look just like the attached photo in my OP.
I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. When I view the image on another computer or my iPhone, the image views properly. It's my photography, from a tree in my back yard. I know how the image is supposed to look, and right now it doesn't look right in Photoshop.
On my previous machine, I am almost positive that it was saving as sRGB by default as well. I don't remember what color profile I was working in, but I know that I did not have a color profile/space error pop up on opening new images, nor do I have that problem on other images saved on that machine that I'm opening on the laptop.
When I view the image on another computer or my iPhone, the image views properly.
Have iPhones become color managed as of late?
In any case: If Photoshop displays a profiled image wrong ou may have a faulty display profile.
I don't know if iPhones are or not; the point was that the image is consistent across multiple platforms and other devices; it's only in Photoshop that the colors are ridiculously saturated.
How would I go about correcting a faulty display profile? That sounds familiar, like it may have been the problem when this first occurred on my old Dell.
Photoshop (64 bit) is running North America General Purpose 2. RGB: sRGB, CMYK: US Web Coated (SWOP) 2. Color management policies are set to "Preserve Embedded Profiles," which is the default setting.
Been doing a little reading, and am now certain I know very little about color management and that color management is extremely confusing. I know better than to set Photoshop to monitor color, but Adobe RGB (1998) has corrected the off-color, though the saturation still seems a little high. I have no idea what this means and have a gut feeling that the problem isn't anywhere near "solved."