5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 16, 2014 3:05 AM by D Fosse

    Screen color mismatch in Photoshop 12

    DC B. 09 Level 1

      I'm currently using Photoshop 12.0.4 x64. I just installed it on my new Dell desktop, running Windows 8.1 and immediately noticed a color mismatch between what Ps shows on the screen and what the image looks like if I open it somewhere else (like in default Windows Photo Viewer for instance.)

       

      I knew that it would be difficult to explain, thus I made a screenshot. Take a look at this:

       

      p1.png

       

      This is merely a screenshot of my Windows Explorer & the desktop. I opened it in Photoshop and then used its "Save for web & devices" option to open it in a different window. See the differences in how it renders the same thing (areas that I marked in red.) What is shown in the Photoshop main area is clearly saturated with red.

       

      So I'm curious if there's any way to adjust this?

        • 1. Re: Screen color mismatch in Photoshop 12
          D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Photoshop is color managed, which means it will convert to your monitor profile for display (document profile > monitor profile). Other applications that are not color managed will not do that and be less accurate.

           

          Save For Web is a special case. As a holdover from earlier days when no web browser had color management, it displays without color management at default settings. That's the "Preview: Monitor Color" Setting. Change it to "Use Document Profile" and the two will display identically.

           

          That said, this looks slightly off and I would suspect a bad monitor profile, probably from the monitor/laptop manufacturer.

           

          Go to Control Panel > Color Management > Devices and set sRGB IEC61966-2.1 as default monitor profile instead of whatever's there now. Relaunch Photoshop so that it can pick up the new profile.

           

          display_profile_2.png

          • 2. Re: Screen color mismatch in Photoshop 12
            DC B. 09 Level 1

            Thanks. It worked.

             

            PS. One must note that to make "Add" button appear in the color management window, you need to check "Use my settings for this device." Otherwise it will be grayed out. So once I added the sRGB IEC61966-2.1 profile and set it as a default, Photoshop started showing all colors in a "matching" way with the rest of the OS

            • 3. Re: Screen color mismatch in Photoshop 12
              D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Yes, sRGB is safe and will always work - or Adobe RGB if you are among the few with a wide gamut monitor.

               

              The whole mechanism of a color managed display in Photoshop is vulnerable. It really relies on an accurate monitor profile made by a calibrator - which is the proper way to fix a problem like this. But lots of people don't have calibrators. In that case sRGB is the closest.

               

              What makes this a big problem is monitor manufacturers who ship faulty/bad/broken/out of spec profiles with the units, and why they keep doing that is one of life's big mysteries. These profiles never improve on sRGB anyway, quite the opposite.

               

              But the real solution, as I said, is to get a calibrator.

              • 4. Re: Screen color mismatch in Photoshop 12
                Level 1

                Is it new function the Photoshop( Color Management )

                • 5. Re: Screen color mismatch in Photoshop 12
                  D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  No, it's been there since version 5 in 1998 

                   

                  But bogus display profiles from the manufacturers come and go. Right now it seems to be in fashion, judging by the number of similar threads recently.