Color matching between other software

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Aug 25, 2003
Most other applications aren’t going to be color managed. That is, they won’t take the image profile OR the display profile into account when displaying the image.

For Windows, you can convert your images to sRGB.
For Macintosh, it would be Apple RGB.

Those are the best guess averages for uncalibrated displays on their relative platforms.

Other than that, it’s just like the web: color is random, and there ain’t nothin you can do about it.

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samarakone nandasiri
Aug 25, 2003

Thanks for the prompt response.

How exactly would I go about converting to sRGB on a windows 98 or 2000 system ?
Aug 25, 2003

In the case you cited above it is a matter of Color Management. That is to say, you are working in a color managed application (photoshop). Assuming you have color management turned on, you are embedding a profile into the image that tells the monitor what colors to show. You already knew this part.

MS Photo Editor is a NON color managed application. That means that it ignores whatever color information is imbedded in the document.

I don’t know anything about ArcSoft, but PaintShop Pro IS a color managed application. Depending on the color management policies in Paint Shop Pro, it should respect the embedded color profile.

Way around it? Set your working space to sRGB when you are preparing images for your friend. Adobe RGB 1998 is generally a preferred color space since it has a wider gamut, but if your images are destined for screen, you’ll get more consistency from monitor to monitor using sRGB.

The real point is, if the other person is using a non-color managed application in which to view your images, you really have no control over what they will see. My point about sRGB was that you have to do what you can to make it as generic as possible, without regard to print output. That may be sRGB, Web Color Space, or with color management turned off.

Aug 25, 2003
Image->mode->Convert to Profile
samarakone nandasiri
Aug 25, 2003
Thanks everyone for al your inputs

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