8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 6:01 PM by thedigitaldog RSS

    Lightroom images darker in Photoshop

    pictureguysteve01

      After I edit images in Lightroom 4, I export the jpg images to a new folder.  When I open the jpg's in Photoshop or Bridge they are noticeably darker than they were when exported from LR. What am I doing wrong?

        • 1. Re: Lightroom images darker in Photoshop
          Brett N Employee Hosts

          Are the exported files a different format from the original?

           

          Are you attaching a different color profile to the images?

           

          Are you comparing similar maginfications of the image (1:1 in LR, 100% in Photoshop)?

          • 2. Re: Lightroom images darker in Photoshop
            pictureguysteve01 Community Member

            Thanks Brett:

            Yes the exported files are jpgs and the color, brightness has changed from the CR2 raw files.  I use sRBG on all software.  I don't think the issue is in maginfication.  I had this issue when I was using LR4 and PS CS4.  Thought upgrading to PS CS6 would help but it didn't.  Color seems to be okay.  The issue is brightness and contrast.

            • 3. Re: Lightroom images darker in Photoshop
              pictureguysteve01 Community Member

              I have not been backing up the catalogue when closing LR.  Just exporting the images as jpgs to a new file.  I feel like I'm missing something obvious.

              • 4. Re: Lightroom images darker in Photoshop
                Brett N Employee Hosts

                You CR2 files are going to be 16-bit while the JPEGs are only 8. There will be a loss of color in that transition. Try importing the JPEG into Lightroom and then comparing the appearance in Photoshop.

                • 5. Re: Lightroom images darker in Photoshop
                  Jao vdL Community Member

                  There are three possible reasons for this.

                   

                  I. Photoshop is set up incorrectly to ignore embedded icc profiles. Fix this in the color settings preferences and make sure for all options it says to respect embedded profiles.

                  II. The display profile is corrupt. This is quite common and can be fixed by recalibrating using calibration hardware. Make sure to generate a icc v2 matrix display profile.

                  III. Your eyes are fooled and files just look darker because photoshop tends to have brighter panels and surroundings on the image than Lightroom (not anymore so in CS6 though)

                   

                  Most likely you are dealing with II. That is the cause of differences between Lightroom and Photoshop in 99% of the time. This often occurs on Windows machines that have not properly been calibrated.

                  • 6. Re: Lightroom images darker in Photoshop
                    pictureguysteve02

                    After looking into it more I think my problem may be with the color profile.  I'm using the eye-one display 2 with eye-one match 3 software on my i mac cinema display.  The general options on the eye-one software are set to ICC specification version 2.  Monitor profile size is set to "Small (Matrix)"  Should I change something there?

                    • 7. Re: Lightroom images darker in Photoshop
                      thedigitaldog CommunityMVP

                      Brett N wrote:

                       

                      You CR2 files are going to be 16-bit while the JPEGs are only 8. There will be a loss of color in that transition. Try importing the JPEG into Lightroom and then comparing the appearance in Photoshop.

                      Really? I've never seen the same color space on two images but in differing bit depth produce a difference in color appearance. Convert an image from 16-bit to 8-bit in Photoshop and they appear identical.

                      • 8. Re: Lightroom images darker in Photoshop
                        thedigitaldog CommunityMVP

                        pictureguysteve02 wrote:

                         

                        After looking into it more I think my problem may be with the color profile.  I'm using the eye-one display 2 with eye-one match 3 software on my i mac cinema display.  The general options on the eye-one software are set to ICC specification version 2.  Monitor profile size is set to "Small (Matrix)"  Should I change something there?

                        What can be an issue is if you build V4 profiles which depending on the software generating said profile, LR can have issues with. You could try a LUT profile but that's sometimes the cause of issues you see (again, depending on the package that writes the ICC profile). By all means try LUT or double check that the settings is Matrix.

                         

                        You do want to view Photoshop and LR whereby LR is in Develop module and as said, at 1:1. Zooming out can affect the accuracy of the preview.