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I have Asus ProArt PA329 monitor.

I made a full system reinstallation a few months ago, had not really worked photos for a while due to lockdown and other things etc. More recently, I re-installed the monitor’s drivers and the profile provided by the monitor manufacturer. “Device profile” on the computer (using Windows 10) is sRGB IEC61966-2.1), which I read is international standard, monitor’s profile is set to “ASUS PA329 ColorProfile,D6500” I set the monitor to “standard mode" as I read that it is usually the only mode that is actuall pre-calibrated out of of the box.

During the last days, I worked photographs in Lightroom Classic, exported wiht sRBG color space (I also tried export with the other color spaces offered by Lightroom). I uploaded the photos to Facebook and they all look super red. (I tried with Brave Browser which is a "secure" Chrome based browser and Mozilla Firefox) I noticed that pictures opening them in Gimp, not matter the color space conversion I would use, I would get the same red as on Facebook.

On any other screen that I do not rely on for (other cheaper monitors, mobile devices) colours the pictures look rather good with some colour variations (I think they have colder colours though), but on the Asus ProArt 329, they’re just super red in said applications (FB and Gimp). If I open the pictures in "Windows Photo Viewer" or in "Windows Photos", they look accurately as what I edited in Lightroom Classic.

Now, if I set the monitor to "sRBG mode" they look tarnished and dull in Lightroom Classic and Windows Photos etc. but they look closer to what I targeted on Facebook.

So it seems like, only for a part of the software, and always considering the the same monitor with same calibration, there is some kind of redshift between my Lightroom output and what these softwares display.

I read stuff about sRGB vs TinySRGB (or something like that) used by FB, but I’m very surprised that Gimp shows the same bias as Facebook.

So am I doing something wrong in my workflow?

Because I would like not to have to do photo development that is Facebook-specific, I was trying to output standard colours, and I don’t want to have to consider colour shifts between various softwares and especially Facebook while editing … But the fact that Gimp shows the same bias makes me think that maybe I’m doing something wrong and that why I’m posting this question.

(Also wondering, should I actually worry, because most people will have screen more similar to my cheaper ones, and Asus PA329 seems to be exception...)


I may have found something. If I set the monitor's ICC profile to "sRGB IEC61966-2.1 (default)" and sRGB mode instead of "ASUS PA329 Color Profile,D6500" which was provided by Asus, then the shift disappears I get the same colours displayed in both Windows Photos, Lightroom Classic and Facebook. The pics are still too red, but not as much as when the monitor was on "Standard mode" with "ASUS PA329 Color Profile,D6500" profile. (So far, I'm not too sure if it's a good thing of a bad thing...) Could it be that Asus provided profil is wrong? (Or maybe it's not fit for monitor's sRGB mode?)

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  • Have you calibrated your PA-329 with an X-Rite or similar calibrator? Your monitor has a 14bit LUT.
    – Gmck
    Oct 13 at 19:08
  • I have Datacolor Spyder Pro 5 or something like that, but the problem appeared without and with calibration.
    – TTT
    Oct 14 at 21:33
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You have a wide-gamut display. Natively, it approximately covers AdobeRGB rather than the "international standard" sRGB. Having such a monitor is, in a sense, a liability: you must set up and use colour management correctly in order to see even "standard" colours correctly. Alas, even today, not all applications do it, or set up to do it by default, in Windows. You need to examine each, as well as your Windows settings.

In practice, having a red or magenta cast (as well as oversaturated colours, which people tend to notice less) on photos viewed on a wide-gamut monitor points to an sRGB-exported image being viewed witout colour management. This naively stretches the narrow gamut of the image to the wide gamut of the display, resulting in a colour cast and oversaturation.

Alternatively, they may believe that your display is native sRGB (which is often the assumption lacking any other settings), resulting in 1:1 conversion and the same physical stretching.

Now, I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "monitor’s profile is set to...", as opposed to "“Device profile” on the computer". Do you mean a setting in the display itself? If so, the problem is likely the profile mismatch, resulting in the second scenario.

The general approach should be this.

  1. Set your display to your desired mode. Ideally, it will be its native mode, whatever it's called.

  2. In Windows, set the display device profile to match the mode you've chosen. Ideally, you would use a colorimeter to measure the actual result of (1) and automatically create the profile. Lacking that, you need to ensure that you are using a matching profile. If you selected the native display mode, you need to find the manufacturer-supplied profile created for that mode. The name like "ASUS PA329 ColorProfile" suggests something like that.

  3. For your work, you also need to select your working profile. In a properly managed environment, this is largely independent from the above. Instead, it depends on your goals. Normally, this is one of the standard profiles such as sRGB or ProPhoto. If you only intend to share your image on FB, and generally for maximum compatibility, it is reasonable to select sRGB (thereby underutilising your display). If you have a good camera and want to enjoy its capabilities to the maximum extent your equipment allows, select a standard profile closest to your monitor (i.e. AdobeRGB in your case) or even wider.

    You select your working profile in the settings of each individual editing application (such as Lightroom).

  4. Finally, you select a profile when you export/save an image. For your own archive, it often matches the working profile you've chosen at (3), so nothing extra to do. For sharing with others, you might want to convert it to the "lowest common denominator" sRGB.

    Whatever you do, you should ensure that all your saved images are tagged with the profile they are saved with, or the profile is attached to the image. (Standard profiles don't take much space). Usually there is a setting for it in the Save dialog. Theoretically, even if you don't convert the image on export, the reading app should read the tag and convert accordingly during display. Alas, this is not always happening.

For your situation, the important takeaway from (1) and (2) is that there always must be a match between what is set in the physical display settings and in the Windows device settings. And I should reiterate that a colorimeter is exactly the device that ensures that. You have a good monitor with accurate built-in LUTs, and it's a pity not to use it. For this display, a colorimeter is a small fraction of the cost.

(Note: because your display supports hardware calibration, you will need to use their (ASUS) software/methods instead of the colorimeter-supplied software. Because of this, you might get away with buying the cheapest colorimeter in a given range (e.g. Spyder 5 Express/Pro/Elite), which often differ only in the supplied software. But you need to use a colorimeter that ASUS specfies as compatible).

Without colorimeter, and without exactly knowing what is the "native" profile, one solution is to set both the device profile and the display setting to a common standard, such as sRGB. As you already discovered, this should work reasonably well. But of course, it underutilises the capabilities of your display, and still relies on a factory calibration, which degrades over time.

Finally, you need to check each relevant application (including browsers) and ensure that it supports colour management and that it is enabled. (This may be particularly problematic for video). Some applications don't use Windows settings, and for them you may need to specify the display device profile separately (and redo it every time you change display mode or recalibrate).

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  • Thank you. "monitor’s profile is set to..." refer to Windows "Start > Settings > System > Display and then the "Colour profile" field" . The Device profile doesn't seem to have any impact on the computer. I have only found on color space file provide by the manufacturer and it's unclear for which more, I guess "Standard mode". By setting the monitor colour profile to standard sRGB, I think have a satisfying result, checked across various device. I have Spyder Pro 5, but calibration using their software usually makes things worst, maybe I should try the monitor's built-in calibration too.
    – TTT
    Oct 14 at 21:49

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