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Web samples - converting Adobe RBG to sRGB fix

Carolyn Hodges , Jun 23, 2006; 06:32 p.m.

I use Adobe RGB for my profile in photoshop. However, when I upload to the web, the pictures look flat - obviously because they convert to sRGB.

Is there a quick way to compensate for this or am I stuck with making adjustments photo by photo?

I like to keep my pictures in Adobe RGB for printing (I print off my photo printer at home - no, I am not a pro, just love photography!) This setup works best for me and my needs.

Any tips on converting? Actions I can set up?

As always, many thanks! Carolyn


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Alan Chan , Jun 23, 2006; 06:50 p.m.

Anything displayed on the web is assumed to be sRGB, your pictures are not being converted. You have to convert them from AdobeRGB to sRGB in Photoshop.

Carolyn Hodges , Jun 23, 2006; 08:16 p.m.

Yes, I know this. Let me clarify, is there a way to automate it so the colors return (as much as possible) to their Adobe RGB "look."

My photo's get very dull when I convert them. I then have to adjust them to get the color back. The reds especially. Carolyn

Beau Hooker , Jun 23, 2006; 08:25 p.m.

I'm not sure what's happening if simply converting from Adobe RGB to sRGB changes your colors that drastically. It doesn't for me; it just makes the colors look "right" when displayed on the web. Just a thought or two: Is your monitor calibrated? How are you converting to sRGB? Are you using "Save for Web" or or using "Save As"? Is it possible to post an example or two?

Carolyn Hodges , Jun 23, 2006; 08:45 p.m.

I'd love to post them but the only post in RGB and get that flat look. I almost always get a flat look when I convert. Just like my colors change if I convert to cmyk for a print vendor. Carolyn

Carolyn Hodges , Jun 23, 2006; 08:54 p.m.

I think that using the Save for web with image ready may help solve the problem. I'll work on it tomorrow and see if that makes the difference. Thanks, Carolyn

Serge Cashman , Jun 23, 2006; 09:14 p.m.

Make sure you use "Convert to" and not "Assign" sRGB. If it doesn't help describe exactly the steps that you do.

There's an automation for this as well in CS2, in case you need to convert a bunch of files at once - File/Sripts/Image processor, select whatever settings you need and check "convert to sRGB" box.

Carolyn Hodges , Jun 23, 2006; 09:23 p.m.

Serge - you hit the nail on the head! That was the problem. Thank you. Carolyn

Serge Cashman , Jun 23, 2006; 10:10 p.m.

Cool. I know - they sound like the same thing but are very different concepts.

Tommy Lee , Jun 23, 2006; 11:48 p.m.

My 2 cents: Adobe RGB 1998 is just a format for the JPG file. When display to the LCD/CRT, it is converted to sRGB format by the PC's display driver, since 99.99% of PC display are sRGB format. It is also converted to printer's color format by the print drivers when you print it. The Adobe RGB format does have a bit more green Gamut then sRGB format. However, the CRT/LCD and the printer can not display these extra color. It is actualy better to use sRGB format to avoid the errors and the format changes back and fore. You save more (then Adobe 1998) by archive and work with RAW files.

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