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Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

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Old 10-24-2008, 03:10 PM
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Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

What is the "professional standard" way to go about making sure your monitor is calibrated and setting up Photoshop so that things appear the way they are.

I am having problems working on photos in Photoshop and having it come out different when printed as well as when saving it to the web.

After a monitor is calibrated what settings do you want to work in Photoshop? I know there are different color profiles and such but I am confused as to what is the standard.

I use an Apple Cinema screen.
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Old 10-24-2008, 04:24 PM
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Re: Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

that's not exactly something you can answer in a few sentences...
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Old 10-24-2008, 04:47 PM
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Re: Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

.... thanks.

I just don't understand why I do a perfect retouch in Photoshop and then go to Save for Web and it looks like crap.
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Old 10-24-2008, 04:59 PM
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Re: Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

describe what you are doing and define "crap"..you could also post the original and the saved version of the file to imageshack, maybe we could help you out better...
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:26 PM
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Re: Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

The image is desaturated and lightened. Should I save it out as an sRGB... right now I'm using the color profile for my monitor called Adobe RGB....
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:40 PM
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Re: Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

you should be making your own monitor profile for starters...
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Old 10-24-2008, 06:43 PM
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Re: Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

Damn right! Go out and order a monitor calibrator right now!

And until it arrives, use sRGB not Adobe RGB - no way is your monitor close to Adobe RGB.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:37 PM
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Re: Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

Vapour,
Pixelzombie is correct, color management principles are a bit large to talk about in this forum. However, I've included a few links below that are very good reading, and short enough not to bore you. The first two are very good. I would read them in the order presented here.

Once you have read these, come back and ask us some specific questions about color management in Photoshop. That will make it much easier to zero in on what the remaining issues are.

Here are a few links to color management principles:
CambridgeInColour color management overview
Dry Creek Photo color management basics
International Color Consortium color management links
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Old 10-24-2008, 09:39 PM
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Re: Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

Not to mention, aside from proper calibration, "save for web" will reduce the total color gamut of your images to a maximum of 256 colors.
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Old 10-24-2008, 10:14 PM
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Re: Color Calibration, Monitor Setup and Photoshop

I don't think that's relevant - all 8-bit images are 256 colours per channel anyway.
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