Questions tagged [color-management]

The process of managing color settings on various viewing/output devices (computer monitors, projectors, printers, etc) so that colors appear the same regardless of how an image is viewed.

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How to calibrate a printer and monitor if neither are very good?

If I have a mediocre monitor, and a reasonable but not fantastic printer, what are my options for getting a good photo print? Printer ink is not cheap, and I usually do not have the patience or ...
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What are the statistics on users posting photos to the web with a color profile embedded?

I am coming from StackOverflow, from this question specifically: How to stop GD2 from washing away the colors upon resizing images? Summary: I have a photo gallery website on which the image resizing ...
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My pictures are never printed. Is there any point in buying a better monitor?

My monitor is pretty cheap and its colours are horribly dependent on the viewing angle, the moon and whatnot. I could edit my pictures on my old CRT, but its contrast and sharpness are quite bad. On ...
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Why doesn't Lightroom offer conversion from RGB to CMYK?

I have never fully understood why Lightroom works exclusively in the RGB colour space. I would assume that a large number of Lightroom users use the software to prepare their photos for print. Yet, I ...
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What is the use of printer profiles when softproofing?

I am trying to get a grasp of the world of color management, and the more I read the more I get that this is no picnic indeed. I believe I understand that the purpose of calibrating and profiling ...
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How can several gray card shots help with metamerism?

In a comment to my answer on gray card angles, @underarock mentioned having used several gray card shots at different angles to cope better with metamerism. This sounds intriguing, but I'm still not ...
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Is it possible to buy chromaticity-plot color standards? If so, how, and where?

(I hope this is the correct site to ask this; if it isn't, sincere apologies ─ and please help me find a good place to ask :-).) I'm a physicist and I've been dabbling in color theory for some time, ...
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switched to RAW and seeing ugly light bands in Lightroom

I am used to working mostly with jpeg, but I switched to RAW and in my shoot today I see a lot of problems in night shots. notice how the purple sky has waves of color boundary rings. I am shooting ...
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A print shop gives me instructions to convert to sRGB instead an ICC profile, is no soft proofing necessary?

So I've decided to print my first poster. I've calibrated my screen and I've read and watched a bit about colors and how to reproduce them on paper HERE. Many online print shops don't provide ICC ...
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Does white balance totally correct color shift due to lens glass or coating?

I'm about to create custom profiles for my camera and in order to do so I need to shoot pictures of color reference card. I don't really understand the impact of the lens I choose to create the ...
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What steps to take to match screen to print?

I don't print a TON of my photos, but when I do it's because it's really important to me. I've got a MacBook Pro attached to a Samsung 2300 display and an HP Photosmart 7760 printer. I typically use ...
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color spaces and monitors

What happens when retouch an AdobeRGB image in a monitor that only displays sRGB? I normally work on AdobeRGB mode and on a monitor that displays this color space. However, I am going to be using an ...
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Why do my images look different on my camera than when imported to my laptop?

I have been taking some photos with my new camera, and have found that once I import them to my laptop, the colors look washed out, and not as nice and vivid as on the camera LCD display. It's a Sony ...
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Is there a reason not to remove colour profiles from images on the web?

I have started using Jeffrey Friedl's lightroom plugin for publishing to Flickr in conjunction with the metadata wrangler which offers an option to remove the ICC color profile. However there is a ...
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How to calibrate colors from photos for classification purpose (ICC profile)?

For a scientific study, I have to classify pictures of crop canopy in two classes: vegetation / soil. These picture are taken at several places, different times and date. The idea is to use the same ...
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Is there a Benefit Getting a Colour Managed Monitor when you work in 8-bit Colour?

I would like to upgrade my current monitor (22", 1680x1050, TN panel) to something larger and better quality. Are there any benefits getting a monitor that supports colour management when I don't ...
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Color correction based on known samples (that are not grey)

In Lightroom and other such programs, color temperature for lighting is easy with an eyedropper tool if you have a true neutral in the photo, such as a grey card. For a natural object, it gets you ...
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What do I need to take photos which accurately show small differences in color?

I am doing some lab work and need to take pictures of my results. I usually take photos with any available device, even a mobilephone camera would do it for me. Lately, I had some results of solids ...
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What does "calibrating a screen to sRGB" mean?

I occasionally read on Internet the mention of "calibrate your display to sRGB" or "a display calibrated to sRGB". Now, I am no expert in color management, but I have this thick book which I am ...
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Why Do I Experience Color Deviations with sRGB JPEGs?

My Adobe programs are setup to use ProPhoto RGB and I use a wide gammut display calibrated to D65. Whenever I export edited images from LR or PS as JPEGs using sRGB conversion, the resulting image has ...
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What are the differences between color calibration cards?

The lower level ColorChecker Classic is around $59 USD, Datacolor Spyder comparable one is also around $50... meanwhile there's some DKG Tools for only $25. Current on B&H: DKG Color Spyder 24 X-...
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Why would a photo that is black and white print in color?

I'm using Lightroom 2 and have an Epson Artisan 730. I'm trying to print this one photo, but the weird part is that I've made it black and white in Lightroom, but when I print it, it comes out with ...
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Correcting output from Bibble 5 Lite

Bibble 5 Lite only allows output in Kodak ProPhoto RGB, which quite a few applications do not represent correctly (esp. when uploading to web services). AFAIK, Bibble 5 Lite is hard-coded only to ...
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Why am I getting a cyan cast on Epson Claria printer only in the highest-res print mode?

I use an Epson R260 (Claria 6-color dye) printer with a continuous ink system supplied by Echostore.com for proofing. I use generic storebrand Staples photopaper for this. It's not super-white; it ...
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How do I get Spyder3Express to work on a Mac OS X dual screen setup?

I've heard that Spyder3Express applies one calibrated colour profiles on multiple screens, hence they try to get you to upgrade to the Pro version and twice the price for that pleasure. Can owners ...
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How to use X-Rite ColorChecker with Sony a7R IV?

I purchased an X-Rite ColorChecker to attempt to get better white balance for my camera (a7R IV). My first attempt at using it has yielded wildly questionable results. Process below. All files ...
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Why does GIMP ask me to switch between sRGB color profiles?

I'm scanning pictures with an Epson Perfection V600 and editing in GIMP. When I open these pictures, I get a dialog asking if I want to convert the color profile from "EPSON sRGB" to "GIMP built-in ...
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Where can one find Canon printer icc profiles?

I'm using a Linux machine, and i'd like to do soft proofing with GIMP. Although I can choose the paper type in the print dialog, I can't seem to find the actual icc profiles for canon's glossy paper ...
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Human perception in color mixing

Look at this image: 50% of its pixels are blue (0, 0, 255), 50% of its pixels are yellow (255, 255, 0). When I look at my computer display from a distance where I cannot distinguish the ...
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What color calibration tool should I use to step up past my spyder 2?

I'm currently using a spyder 2 for my color calibration needs. I see a variety of other color calibration products out there on the market, and am having trouble finding a review of many of these ...
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Image colour inconsistency between browsers, image viewers, and Photoshop

Edited in case the question wasn't clear: Question: How do I get Photoshop, IrfanView and ACDSee to display images the same as they are displayed in the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox (both of ...
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Per-Application Color Management under GNOME3

I have recently used DispcalGUI and a Spyder4 to calibrate my monitor. I have selected the resulting calibration profile with the GNOME setting manager. However, instead of making my workflow more ...
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How do I calibrate two different monitors to the same whitepoint?

A few days ago I invested in an X-Rite i1 Display 2 colourometer, as per this answer, although I'm having great difficulty getting a Dell U2412M and a Dell E1911 monitor to the same whitepoint. I've ...
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Differences between DCP and ICC profiles?

I am trying to understand what is the best colour profile that I can generate from a ColorChecker for calibrating my camera. I always used ICC colour profile standard but now I saw also DCP colour ...
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Should I return my new wide-gamut monitor or buy an expensive calibrator?

As a newish but serious photographer (hobbyist not pro), I decided to buy a high resolution wide gamut monitor that wouldn't totally break the bank but is expensive (~$650) and well-reviewed. I ended ...
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Why are colors more saturated on a wide gamut screen?

A wide gamut screen displays more than the sRGB color space. So why, with softwares that do not deal with ICC profiles, with a given color that has it's own place / value in the global color space, is ...
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How does light quality vary between fluorescent (CFL) and incandescent?

I have two sets of soft boxes. One has incandescent bulbs (3,200k) and the other uses compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL @ 5,500K). I'm trying to sort out some of my understandings regarding the light ...
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How can I prevent photos losing vibrancy when printed?

I take a number of landscape photos which I then do quite a bit of post production work with in photoshop elements 9. When I take them to my local photographic shop (I am not talking Boots etc) and ...
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Do the issues with sharpness I am seeing require AF fine-tuning?

I own a nikon D7000 with 18-105 lens. I am not happy with sharpness I get with autofocus in portraits. I read about front/back focusing, but I am not sure whether my gear has this issue. Is this issue ...
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Does "Proof Color" with "Monitor RGB" option in PS ensure that I see TRUE colors?

I seem to misunderstand color management based on comments in my previous question. Or I incorrectly asked me question so people give me wrong answers. Therefore I want to clarify my understanding of ...
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Why do my sRGB exports from Lightroom look different from RAW files shown in the program even though my monitor can only show sRGB?

I have read tons of docs about color management over the Web, but there is something I can't understand. I have a screen that can only render the RGB color space. It is very well calibrated using ...
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How to calibrate 2 monitors identically?

Is it possible to calibrate correctly and identically (or nearly) 2 monitors? I'm really getting into more professionnal photography so I recently bought an external monitor, and a Spyder to calibrate ...
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Should I use ProPhoto RGB?

I am fairly new to photography, and I have heard many people say that I should import my images in Photoshop using ProPhoto RGB as color space (only for the RAW images). However, when I import my ...
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Is it possible to do non-destructive JPG color correction?

I would like to perform color correction on my photos before printing so that my workflow will create reproducible prints. (i.e. the lab corrects my photos and I print them again later, they may be ...
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Can I use a Pantone Huey for multiple computers?

Can one device be used to calibrate several PCs? Can the PCs then be used at the same time? Do I need to have the device plugged in during normal use, or once the monitor is calibrated can I ...
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Color calibration for a far away target

I'm curious if anyone has any ideas of how to perform color calibration for very far targets (~ a mile or so). My concern is that the spd of the illuminant will be different at the camera so using a ...
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how can I have equivalent exposure and identical white balance while changing f stops using speedlight?

how can I have equivalent exposure and identical white balance while changing f stops using speedlight? im shooting from shoes when it comes to the moment of changing f stops from 5 to 16 in order to ...
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What is the "right" displayed color?

Taking in consideration the web environment only, not screen-to-print jobs, let's suppose that we have a font color e.g. #f1ecd6 Hex, displayed by a LCD, properly—by a hardware device—calibrated, ...
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Is there any good method to invert a negative image (duplicated with a digital camera) in Lightroom?

I made some duplicates picture (of negatives) with my digital camera using a bellows and a repro-dia. The image is obviously in a negative format but in RAW. Is the invertion function exists in ...
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How is data in a camera's colorspace transformed into XYZ or a standard RGB space?

I have a canon 600d that says it uses sRGB. How is this even possible without having the same spectral sensitivity spectrum as a standard observer? It is possible to define the matching functions of ...

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