Color Problems with CS4 Upgrade

I recently upgraded to CS4 and have been experiencing the following problem. When I open an image from ACR to PS CS4 it looks absolutely nothing like it did in ACR. If I was to describe it, it would be that the image has an overall red tint when viewed in CS4. If I then save this image as a PSD file, and then open it in PS CS3 it matches the CS4 ACR image. So, what have I got set wrong in PS CS4 (which is still all of the default settings)?

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Re: Color Problems with CS4 Upgrade

sRGB. As close as I can tell all of the settings (at least related to color settings) are the same in CS3 and CS4. If I have the same image opened in both versions of photoshop, and on the monitor at the same time, and there drastically different there has to be something set wrong, but I have no idea where to go from here.

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I think there were some issues in the Windows version of Photoshop CS3 dealing with multiple monitors and getting the correct ICC profiles for them in all cases, which were resolved in CS4.

I would make sure that both of your monitors are correctly calibrated, and you don't have a bad monitor profile causing you problems.

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I had some problems and after a whole day of troubleshooting discovered that CS4 uses the monitor profile for the primary monitor regardless of what profile is selected by the OS for the second monitor (at least this is what happens on Mac). If I set the primary monitor's profile to match the second monitor (and work on second monitor) then this issue is resolved. Adobe should fix this ASAP. I think I will start new thread about it. This is a subtle problem but can ruin all the work done on a machine relying on a calibrated monitor and ICC profiles!

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foto-z wrote:

a whole day of troubleshooting discovered that CS4 uses the monitor profile for the primary monitor regardless of what profile is selected by the OS for the second monitor

The profile for each monitor is used by Photoshop on the respective monitor.  You need to calibrate and profile each monitor and use the resulting profile for each monitor.

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If I set the primary monitor's profile to match the second monitor (and work on second monitor) then this issue is resolved.

That is absolutely the wrong thing to do.  Calibrate and profile each monitor separately.

foto-z wrote:

Adobe should fix this ASAP.

Adobe has nothing to "fix".  Everyting is working as intended.

You need to learn about color management.  Photoshop has used the monitor profile for many, many versions now.

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Re: Color Problems with CS4 Upgrade

Please read the whole thread before adding any more replies.  This question was already answered. (Hint - turn off OpenGL acceleration).

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Re: Color Problems with CS4 Upgrade

Ramón, you jump to many conclusions without knowing anything. Not at all useful.

Both my monitors are independently calibrated using an i1 Display 2 and ColorEyes.

The colours on the second monitor are only right when the second monitor's profile is applied to the first monitor. I will try deselecting the OpenGL acceleration now.

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foto-z,

My reply was based solely on your posted text (hardly a model of lucidity) not on "jumping to conclusions".  Sorry I wasted your time and mine.

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Re: Color Problems with CS4 Upgrade

I thought I just posted this but apparently not. I am using a Mac. I could also, and will re-calibrate both monitors. Again, if I open the same image in cs3 and then again in cs4, and display them on the monitor at the same time they are different (very different). In addition acr and cs4 are definitely set to the same color space yet opening an image from acr to cs4 on the same monitor shows a big difference. It's really very puzzling, and I've got to believe its something simple. Tomorrows another day. Thanks for your help.

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Re: Color Problems with CS4 Upgrade

Are you sure you have Photoshop's color settings set to preserve embedded profiles?

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Another test you can do is save a TIFF file directly out of the Camera Raw dialog (use the Save... button). Then open this same TIFF file in both Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS4. If they are still different, this would eliminate Camera Raw settings from the possible problem.

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