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Color Matching with Photoshop: A possible solution to the CS2+ problem - The art of Thornwolf — LiveJournal
Color Matching with Photoshop: A possible solution to the CS2+ problem
A few weeks ago I asked here what could be the reason that my colors aren't saving as vibrantly as they show up in Photoshop. I've been tearing my hair out over this issue, even went as far as to write Adobe, mentioning I'm not thrilled with the concept of paying good money for an upgrade on a product that doesn't do what it did in previous versions. A month later (nyuk nyuk nyuk) I received an answer but not one that really put it into terms that I could understand, as someone who knows how to use computers for art, but is still sketchy on certain technical aspects. I asked specifically for a dumbed down solution and got technical jargon as a response.

Apparently this is a widespread problem that has been causing artists quite a bit of grief. I wish Adobe would make the solution a little more prominent on their website, whether it be a giant "HEY look at this we screwed up, fix it here" tutorial or a downloadable patch to fix the issue, but for now, here's a blog entry on the subject.

If you're having problems with your colors washing out in transition between your PSD files to your JPEG files, click this link, hopefully it will help solve your problem


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growly From: growly Date: July 5th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I've always wondered about that, thanks! I thought it was just my imagination, tbh. It was subtle enough that I couldn't figure it out.
ruggels From: ruggels Date: July 5th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The color profile thingie, yes is a pain, and we had to turn those off at work. I didn't connect that with the problems youare having because it was so long ago, Sorry. But yeah this article is an excellent reminder that color profiles are not for those on the web, they only are good for Print.

maggock From: maggock Date: July 5th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did the 'save to web' function have 'convert to sRGB' on? I swear, that kicked my ass after I got CS3, but I finally figured out I needed to turn it off. I don't know why Adobe thought it was a good idea to have that be on by default. ;P
armaina From: armaina Date: July 5th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
well dangit, looks like this doesn't even fix my issue :/ lame. (for whatever reason, converting an image to greyscale on my photoshop makes it look like sepia tones, yet when it saves, the saved file looks like normal greyscale o_O I don't get it)
gab From: gab Date: July 5th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting this! I've got it bookmarked to try out later. Whew, glad that I wasn't the only one having this problem...
silver_huskey From: silver_huskey Date: July 5th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks the link, I'm going to give it a try on my laptop!
From: lvice_olven Date: July 6th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still a bit lama in this, if you find a mistake here, please correct me. Thankya. x)

I've never had any problem with this. All you need is to learn to use the color profiles. If you work in Adobe 1998 profile (which uses some 8 bits per channel or so) or some other (perhaps you have it in CMYK or so) and use "Save for web", it makes something weird with the colors and they become less saturated, they shift a bit. You need to convert the color profile from your current to sRGB IEC61.... which reduces the amount of bits used on each of the 3 color channels and then you can use the "Save for web".
The "Save for web" probably tries to achieve as smallest file size as possible, that's why it does this with other color profiles, it decreases the bits used on each channel. If you save the file with "Save as" - JPEG and keep the random profile, the colors stay the same, unchanged.

Hope it helps a bit.
synnabar From: synnabar Date: July 7th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know I tend to work with more muted or subtle colors, but that said, my Photoshop images were always a lot more vibrant than my .jpgs (as you know from our chats about that Rhodesian Ridgeback pic ;)). I'd pump the colors up, play around with Hue and Saturation and it STILL would look muted after saving. I'll play around with that, thanks! :D
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