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Should I be using sRGB or AdobeRGB? I got a new monitor and I'm having troubles.


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My camera is set to AdobeRGB. I got a new monitor and set it to AdobeRGB to match. Then I opened some edited photos in just a basic explorer window and the red is out of control. Yet if I open the same file in Photoshop it looks fine. Do I just ignore explorer because its not a proper viewing tool like Photoshop and trust the Photoshop file is the one my clients are seeing? Or should I be shooting and editing in sRGB?

 

In addition, my sister posted some pics I took on facebook and the colors are dull, but when I looked at them on my old monitor they looked vibrant and great. And when I look on my phone they look fine too. 

 

I am worried about what my client sees at this point... I know that AdobeRGB is better for printing, but a large group of my clients mainly view their photos online. And I get my business from what others see online not in print. How do I know we are looking at close to the same thing? 

 

And I don't have a tool to calibrate my new monitor. Its straight out of the box but set to AdobeRGB. I guess I am feeling confused and lost and a little frantic as I have sessions piled up and I am afraid to edit - thinking I wont be looking at the true image. :(

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16 minutes ago, Chantel Allen said:

I have sessions piled up and I am afraid to edit - thinking I wont be looking at the true image. :(

You are right - you won't.

5 minutes ago, Chantel Allen said:

Ok, I just changed my camera and monitor to sRGB. Now how do I make sure photoshop is set that way also? 

http://www.damiensymonds.net/art_tscs000.html

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My camera was set to AdobeRGB so when follow your instructions above in the link it says AdobeRGB. What do I do now? Thank you in advance. I am feeling overwhelmed - I have been using the same monitor for about 3 years and this new one is making me second guess all my previous work!

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8 minutes ago, Damien Symonds said:

No, this is a big fat myth.

This HAS to be your priority now.  http://www.damiensymonds.net/what2buy_cal.html

This is the monitor I bought. BenQ SW2700PT 27 inch Photographer Monitor with Adobe RGB Color Management for Graphic Design and Photo Video Editing. Do you recommend the Datacolor Spyder4Elite? Thank you for your help!

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My document profile on the photos I need to edit are AdobeRGB. They look incredibly dull now that my monitor is set to sRGB. Do you suggest I just color as needed at this point? Well, actually I need to wait to get my Spyder5 and then calibrate and then edit.... yes? 

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Yes I'm sorry, I know YOU didn't say to set to AdobeRGB but it was set that way and now I am trying to figure out how to go backwards. The images I am working with now are shot in jpg. But I am embarrassed about that, I SHOULD be shooting in raw. I took the lazy way out last weekend. 

 

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I think I am at a standstill since the only option for saving I have is - ICC Profile: Adobe RGB (1998). I am feeling pretty low right about now considering I have been pumping out work that's not at all what I thought it was. I don't know how to move forward from here... 

 

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9 minutes ago, Chantel Allen said:

Following the troubleshooter but when I select: Save As, the box I have available to check is: ICC Profile: Adobe RGB (1998). I don't see the sRGB option.

Can you show me a screenshot of which page in the troubleshooter you're up to?

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The second portion is set correctly, but the first - I don't have that box as an option. Is it because I am opening jpgs shot as Adobe RGB? Thats what my document profile is set as...

 I am in Photoshop. I am looking at my website now and so many of my images are washed out. Looks like not enough red. They looked great on my old monitor and I don't know if my old one was set to AdobeRGB or sRGB but I'm trying not to panic. I have ordered the Spyder5 so that's on its way....

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This looks horrible! And it did not look this way on my old monitor... And when I look at this image on my phone which is a samsung S6edge+ it is NOT washed out... In fact, everything looks way better on my phone. 

washedOUT.jpg

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I just went to your FB page and checked that photo for you.  It doesn't look great, but it doesn't look anywhere near as bad as your new screen is showing, I promise.

While you're waiting for your calibrator to arrive, make sure you gather some prints from your pro lab.  You'll need those to check the calibration.

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Ok, thank you. I have prints that I printed from my lab a few weeks ago, but they were edited about a year ago. Do you want me to order prints from a more recent session/edit? Say a week or so ago? Would that be more helpful? I will have my calibrator on Wednesday. 

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