3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 31, 2018 10:49 PM by D Fosse

    Lab Color Space


      If Lab color space covers colors that are not supported by monitors. Why has it been included in photoshop colorpalette. What is the actual purpose of it?

        • 1. Re: Lab Color Space
          Michael J. Hoffman Adobe Community Professional

          The Lab color space not only exceeds monitor gamut (as do AdobeRGB and ProPhotoRGB in most cases), it far exceeds even the RGB and CMYK gamuts.


          Quoting WikipedIa,

          One of the most important attributes of the Lab model is device independence. This means that the colors are defined independent of their nature of creation or the device they are displayed on. The Lab color space is used when graphics for print have to be converted from RGB to CMYK, as the Lab gamut includes both the RGB and CMYK gamut.


          The huge space within Lab offers a safe conversion or interchange waypoint for a lot of color management tasks.


          There are some powerful tricks you can do within Lab that you can't do elsewhere, too - for example, sharpening or changing contrast in the lightness channel without affecting the colors. If you’re interested in exploring some interesting possibilities, see Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and other adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace, by Dan Margulis.



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          • 2. Re: Lab Color Space
            rakshu27 Level 1
            • I get this point ->

            sharpening or changing contrast in the lightness channel without affecting the colors

            • I am not still clear about this one ->

                       If Lab color space exceeds monitor gamut, the colors that actually exceeds cannot be produced in monitors right? I couldn't really understand the sentence "It exceeds monitor gamut".

            • 3. Re: Lab Color Space
              D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              This has nothing to do with what a monitor can reproduce. It's about safely encoding data in a device-independent reference color space. Lab numbers are absolute, unambiguous. They refer to specific colors (whether a monitor can reproduce them or not).


              That's why Lab is used in color management operations as a so-called Profile Connection Space. It's the firm ground you stand on when converting between all the other color spaces - the reference.


              It's also useful because the luminance and chroma components are separate. There are countless scenarios where this is important.