I'm not sure if I should ask this question here or not. I've some images, that have a problem, as the screenshot below shows:

screenshot of problem encounter

The softwares are as following (left to right, top to bottom):
[qimgv] [gwenview] [gnome image viewer]
[chromium] [okular] [firefox]

I was expecting to see the result like the top left, and the middle bottom version, but when I uploaded it to browser, It shows me the lighter version. I had never encountered the problem like this.

Link of the raw image is https://drive.google.com/file/d/1plym6I93F93NP74QnUOn6g8Rgj_2dorp/view?usp=sharing

(when I open the image on my android phone, firefox give the darker version, chrome give the lighter version)

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    Seems like all these different software’s are managing and displaying the .jpg file differently based on how they read the image & interact with display drivers. I'm aware the Firefox does 'Manage' the colour profile of images it opens I imagine this is common practice among any software that opens and image and must generate a picture from that data. You have a few variables in the chain. Raw Image Data (1 & 0’s) -> JPG Reader -> Image Decoding -> Image Generation -> Display Drivers -> Image on Screen. Any of these steps could be slightly different depending on the software used. Sep 17, 2020 at 14:27
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    Photoshop says it has an invalid icc profile.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 17, 2020 at 15:10
  • I agree, most likely as missing or invalid color profile which some viewers substitute with a better guess than others. Sep 18, 2020 at 5:38
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  • Yes, in the context of "color management", different brightnesses are considered different "colors".
    – Michael C
    Sep 19, 2020 at 5:14

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The image has an ICC profile embedded which doesn't seem to be fully defined.

If you compare the ICC information of your image with that of another one you see that there are some fields missing. Perhaps that's why different viewers handle the image differently?

This answer at Stackoverflow explains how you can remove the embedded ICC profile from your image, after which I expect the image to be shown with the same brightness regardless of the software.

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