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Old 08-04-2010, 09:59 AM
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What color profile for my workflow?

When I open any RAW picture, Camera RAW automatically assigns "ProPhoto RGB 16 bit" color profile to it. When I open it in Photoshop, its still ProPhoto RGB 16bit. When I want to save it, its still ProPhoto. The question is - should I leave it like this? I don't understand color profiles, but I heard some of them may not display properly on somebody's computers.
I'm usually saving final images to JPEG and sending it to friends or uploading on the internet. So shoudl I convert final pictures (at the end of my workflow) to other color profile or should I adjust Camera Raw settings (at the beginning of my worlflow)?
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:10 AM
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Re: What color profile for my workflow?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer, which you really need to understand because this is a big deal will take some reading on your part before moving forward. Start here:
http://www.adobe.com/digitalimag/pdf...p_colspace.pdf

The documents you post to the internet and many other output needs should be a conversion from ProPhoto, your archive color space, to sRGB (as well as size and final file type: TIFF, JPEG etc).
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:50 PM
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Re: What color profile for my workflow?

Some links that may be useful...

Workfow Guidelines (Fred Miranda forum)
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/WGuidelines.pdf

Color Spaces: Beyond Adobe RGB
http://www.naturephotographers.net/a.../mh1203-1.html

Tutorial: Color Management, Camera Profiles, & Working Spaces
http://mail.kde.org/pipermail/digika...ne/005591.html

SRGB x Adobe RGB
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tut...obeRGB1998.htm

ProPhoto or ConPhoto ?
http://www.imagescience.com.au/kb/qu...to+or+ConPhoto

Channel clipping and posterization (ACE vs CNN)
http://www.naturescapes.net/phpBB3/v...5577&p=1480953

How White Are Your Whites?
http://www.adobepress.com/articles/a...15593&seqNum=6

Why are my prints too dark?
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/a..._too_dark.html

Using Printer Profiles with Digital Labs
http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/usi...r_profiles.htm
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:02 PM
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Re: What color profile for my workflow?

PLEASE- do not save final version as a Jpeg- the Jpeg format inherently damages the file. Save it as a tif or a psd file.
Then when you want to e-mail a copy- make a sRGB jpeg version to send.
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Old 08-05-2010, 12:55 AM
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Re: What color profile for my workflow?

I would leave it in Prophoto until you need to export it. If going for web convert to sRGB, if printing convert to CMYK.
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