I have a weird case wich I expect someone can solve. I have edited some photos in Lightroom and exported them to Flickr. When I download them in another computer and open them in the Windows Preview (don't know how it's called in English) I see them with a yellowish tint over them (as I would see with my sunglasses on :P).

I suspect it has something to do with color spaces (sRGB, AdobeRGB,...), but I've never looked into that so I'm not sure.

Any ideas?



Update: This is how I see it: alt text

And it only appears like this with this program.

  • could it be your monitor or color settings but your only noticing it because of the white background?> Nov 16 '10 at 0:38
  • I have the same issue and have color calibrated and I'm also having this problem. I uploaded my Lightroom adjusted photos to Facebook and Flickr. My client downloaded some from Flickr and posted them on her Facebook page before she got the disc I burned her. On Facebook, the photos I uploaded are just as I edited them - the ones she uploaded from Flickr downloads are tinted yellow. Side by side - same photo - totally different in the same website (Facebook) just from passing through Flickr.
    – user22700
    Oct 14 '13 at 14:59
  • Also when clients don't use the images I give them on a disc but save to Windows, Windows turns them yellow. Since I provide my clients digital photos with a copyright release, I have to find a way to get them the photos I provide them without Windows coloring them and changing them. Does anyone know how to fix this issue?
    – user22700
    Oct 14 '13 at 14:59

This isn't exactly an answer, but since I have the same problem, I thought I would post with an example.

First, in the photo below, the top half is a screen capture of a photo displayed using Windows Photo Gallery. The bottom half is a screen capture of the same photo displayed using Photoshop CS3. Both were displayed on the same monitor (a Samsung Syncmaster 216BW).

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Notice that the top half has significantly more yellow-tinge than the bottom.

Here's where it gets weirder. I moved the same two applications with the same photo to my secondary monitor (an Optiquest Q19wb), and took screen captures again. Note that the difference between the top and bottom halves is much less.

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It would seem to me that Windows Photo Gallery is trying to do something with the white balance based on the monitor profile? (BTW, Windows Live Photo Gallery does the same thing). If I use Paint, it looks the same as Photoshop.

I haven't imported this photo into Lightroom V2.x yet, but from experience, it seems to me that Lightroom is trying to do the same thing as Windows Photo Gallery (that is, it makes the photo look yellower on my main monitor).

Again, this is not an answer, but maybe provides more info on the problem?


If it's the case that you edit the photos on one computer and then download them on another and see a yellow tint, the most likely cause is that one or both of the monitors are not calibrated and thus the colours in the image are not represented properly.

It could be that the monitor you're editing on is showing too much blue so to get the photo to look normal you're actually adding yellow, or the monitor you're viewing it on has too much yellow.

Viewing conditions also play a part - if you're editing the photos in a room with an artificial yellow light you're eyes will adjust and cause you not to notice a yellow tint to the image.

However looking at the image myself it doesn't look overly yellow so I suspect it's the monitor you're downloading it on that has a problem. You can have a go a calibration it by eye but for best results you need a hardware colorimeter.

Colour spaces can cause problems as you state, but it's typically programs which don't read colour spaces taking an AdobeRGB image and displaying it with the sRGB colour space. As the Adobe space is larger, the colours you typically get in a photo are further from the edges of the space (colours get more vivid toward the edge), so when you take the same numbers and interpret them using the sRGB space, the colours appear muted.

edit: I wouldn't expect to see a colour shift due to improper use of the sRGB and AdobeRGB profiles since white and grey tones are represented using the same numbers in both cases so those tones will always look the same no matter which of the two profiles gets applied.

It's possible you applied some other profile in Lightroom which is responsible. In any case your best defence is to convert to sRGB in Lightroom (or specify this space when covering your Raw). This will solve most problems as apps which are unaware of colour profiles tend to assume sRGB (and those that are aware should load the embedded sRGB profile!)

  • On the same computer I also see the 2 versions of the image, depending on which program I use to open it.
    – Carles
    Nov 12 '10 at 10:06
  • In that case it might be the colour profile, though I can't see how that could cause a colour shift since white is represented by exactly the same values in sRGB and AdobeRGB! Try converting your photos to sRGB in LightRoom to see if that solves the problem.
    – Matt Grum
    Nov 12 '10 at 10:14
  • I tried this and it already had sRGB... If I export to the hard drive as JPG directly from Lightroom it works OK. Maybe it's something Flickr does to my photos?
    – Carles
    Nov 12 '10 at 13:21
  • In my computer at home it doesn't do anything weird... Only in my computer at work. Both use Windows 7 Ultimate. It's strange.
    – Carles
    Nov 12 '10 at 13:25
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    Is the "work" computer colour-managed? Specifically does it have a monitor colour profile set?
    – philw
    Nov 13 '10 at 18:20

Most likely you are using a Samsung Monitor. Heres how to correct it:

  1. open control panel
  2. type color in the search bar and click on the green color management link
  3. in the dialog that appears tick the box under your monitor name which says "use my settings for this device"
  4. click on the add button
  5. There will appear a list of color profiles. You want to select sRGBIEC611966-2.1 and click ok
  6. click on the set as default profile button and then close button
  7. Delete the existing Samsung profile.

Screenshot of change below:

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  • Can you explain why you guess that the problem is that the monitor is from Samsung?
    – mattdm
    Jun 5 '14 at 18:55
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    this should be the correct and accepted answer. I've spent few hours searching for an answer on Inernet and only this solution fixed my problem. Thanks Mister B
    – Alfa3eta
    Nov 16 '14 at 21:02

The yellow background in Photo Gallery is telling you that color management is not being used. It's intentional, but unfortunately not very user friendly.

SeanMC is seeing strange behavior with his 2 monitors because one is running color management, and the other is not.

You want color management. It's the only way to know that the colors you are seeing on your screen are the same colors other people will see on their screens, or when the image is printed.


A quick search on Google for Samsung Colour profiles will turn up a lot of info on this topic. Mostly saying it's an issue with the Samsung colour profile. My Samsung Syncmaster T240 has the same problem. Photoshop particularly does not like the standard colour profile for my monitor. The quick fix for Windows 7 is to select Colour Management in the Control Panel and add the sRGB IEC61966-2.1 as the default profile for your Samsung monitor. This will cure the problem with the windows photo viewer and issues with Photoshop. I've not noticed any adverse effects from doing this.

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