I have a problem if I use my DisplayCal profile with photoshop, and save an image like a png or jpg the image turns out darker when I view it in another program but looks fine in photoshop before I save it. photoshop setting windows setting

So trying the default photoshop setting instead of my calibration it looks fine. photoshop settingwindows setting. What's the point of calibrating my display if I'm forced to use the photoshop default?


If I use the srgbIEC61966-2.1 working space with my calibrated DisplayCal profile U32H85x #2 2021-03-26 13-08 2.2 F-S 3xCurve+MTX the calibration does not look the same in Photoshop when comparing to the desktop background.


As already mentioned, you never use your screen profile like that in Photoshop. Photoshop & your OS handle this part as an on-the-fly-output to the screen, not as part of your colour workflow.

Try this [I don't use windows so I'm not certain how it's applied to the desktop]
Run DisplayCal, at the end of the process it should ask if you want that set to your default profile.
Say Yes.
This should save you having to do this in Windows itself… that's the bit I don't know about for sure, but Windows is notorious for not doing this properly, especially with dual displays. Strictly, each display should have its own profile & between them DisplayCal & Windows ought to be able to apply them correctly to each screen.*

In photoshop use sRGB, Preserve embedded, as in your 2nd image.
That means you will be working in whatever profile was already in the image. Your screen profile will be applied on the fly so you see your display accurately.
At Export, save as sRGB - you can do this with the Export to Web function. This preserves the original photo/artwork with its own profile but gives you a definite sRGB image to set as desktop.

Windows ought to then get it right.

I don't want to come across as anti-Windows, but this is actually what Macs just 'get right', with little effort from the user, across as many displays as you have connected.


You should never use a monitor profile as your "working space" color profile. They're two different types of profile that should be applied at two different steps in the processing pipeline between the image file and your monitor.

If you apply a monitor profile as your "working space" color profile and then it is applied again when sent to your monitor, you're applying the same "correction" twice and whatever you "corrected" will no longer be correct.

If I use the srgbIEC61966-2.1 working space with my calibrated DisplayCal profile U32H85x #2 2021-03-26 13-08 2.2 F-S 3xCurve+MTX the calibration does not look the same in Photoshop when comparing to the desktop background.

It appears in your case Photoshop is smart enough to figure this out and let your GPU apply the profile only when sending it to your monitor. The desktop background application doesn't seem to have the same capability.

  • I updated my post with new info
    – hydrix85
    Mar 27 '21 at 1:13
  • The new info makes no difference. When you are using a monitor profile as your working space color profile, whatever is displayed is not correct, even if you like it better. You're trying to make an ingredient for a cake recipe work in a formula for mixing metal to make a pan to hold the cake.
    – Michael C
    Mar 27 '21 at 3:53

What Michael said...

A monitor profile is ONLY suitable for your operating system to operate your monitor. It is not a color profile of any normal standard that any other system would understand.

Because the profile is on your computer, and because PS is a fully color managed program, PS can display the image correctly even though the profile is being used incorrectly. But the overall operating system is probably not fully color managed. E.g. if I save an image with a bad color space tag to the desktop of my MacbookPro it displays with bad colors.

There are not a lot of fully color managed programs, and there is no other system in the world that has your monitor profile installed on it... an image in your monitor's icc profile is nearly useless.

  • so there is nothing that can be done to make them match?
    – hydrix85
    Mar 27 '21 at 1:44
  • @hydrix85, using sRGB for your PS working space and the monitor profile for the monitor should work fine. So the most probable issue is that the color management is "broken"... and IMO the most likely cause is that the image is not being saved in sRGB with the sRGB color space tag embedded (save for web makes this easy). But it is also possible to create a bad monitor profile or for it to be corrupted. Mar 27 '21 at 13:50

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