0 Replies Latest reply on Aug 19, 2009 6:10 AM by Ian Lyons

    Why does the color and or tone of my image change after import?

    Ian Lyons MVP & Adobe Community Professional

      Q - Why does the color and/or tone of my image change after import?

      Response courtesy of Jeff Schewe:

      A - When you import into Lightroom the first thumbnails you will see appear
      are the embedded thumbnails in your images. In the case of raw files, the
      thumbnails are automatically generated by your camera but based only on your
      camera's settings, not Lightroom's default settings for your camera.

      After importing and depending on Preview settings (whether you chose to
      generate "full-sized" preview upon import), Lightroom will generate a thumbnail and
      preview based upon Lightrooms default settings for your camera-unless you
      also chose to import while applying a Develop preset.

      Why don't they match? Because cameras processed thumbnails are based upon
      the camera company's defaults, and the odds are that the Lightroom
      interpretation of the same image data will be different.

      Which is correct? Technically, in the case of a raw file, there is no
      "correct" answer. Raw files need to be rendered.

      One of the advantages of shooting raw is that the resulting raw capture is
      open to various renderings without any destruction to the original
      data-meaning you can change and alter the image to make it look the way YOU

      If you are constantly altering the settings for images a certain way, it may
      be that you should create a Develop preset so you can automatically apply
      that when you import. Adjusting the general settings such as Brightness and
      Contrast or Saturation or Vibrance or in the Calibrate panel, (the way in
      which colors are rendered) can be saved as a user named setting that you can
      apply when importing image from your camera.

      It should be noted however, that image or scene specific settings may still
      need to be applied image by image.


      Note: above discussion also applies to images shot with B&W settings in camera.