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Colors look different on iPad

New Here ,
Jan 14, 2021 Jan 14, 2021

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I use my MacBook Air and Photoshop to edit my photos. Recently I got an IPad Pro 12.9" and I started using sidecar to drag photoshop into my iPad and  edit my photos there using the apple

Pencil . The problem is the colors don't match. I have to edit the photo on the iPad really warm and saturated to look "normal" on my MacBook once I save it there. Tru Tone and night shift both turned off on my iPad and laptop. Is there anything I can do to fix this issue? 

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Jan 15, 2021 Jan 15, 2021

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The iPad must be calibrated and both displays not have any window light (it's variable) ambient light should be dim and 5000k.  
Then use https://xritephoto.com/ColorTRUE

to make a good iPad profile.   

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Jan 18, 2021 Jan 18, 2021

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Hi

iPads are pretty consistent - their generic colour space seems to be "DisplayP3". The glossy screen does seem, though, to be more suitable for viewing movies etc than for serious colour managed working. I have a P3 version of my testimage here - try this on the iPad in Safari

https://preview.tinyurl.com/mobiletestimage-jpg

and assess this version, opened in Photoshop on the Mac : 

https://www.colourmanagement.net/downloads/CMnet_Pixl_AdobeRGB_testimage05.zip

on my iPhone that testimage looks almost identical to my calibrated MacBook 

 

Your MacBook 'white point' may be quite bluish and the screen quite bright - that is not abnormal.

It should be calibrated and profiled - the Xrite i1display Pro hardware sensor will do that.

I prefer to use that device with the basICColor display software. 

https://www.colourmanagement.net/products/basiccolor/basiccolor-display-software/

 

In order to judge display colour (in your case to see which device is "right") we need an unequivocal reference - I use this http://www.colourmanagement.net/products/icc-profile-verification-kit

 

Xrite ColorTRUE for mobile devices seems to have been discontinued

and as I recall it did provide a level of colour management but only to images within it's own gallery window.

NOT in Photoshop.

 

XRite: "profile is then automatically applied to your images in the ColorTRUE Image Gallery"

 

It seems virtually no software developers adopted the ColorTRUE invitation to add it into their applications, 

maybe that’s why it seems to have been discontinued.: https://xritephoto.com/ColorTRUE

 

X-Rite: "ColorTRUE Aware Apps – Look for the Icon
Unlike your laptop or desktop operating system, iOS and Android operating systems do not have system wide color management capabilities. Therefore, each app must apply color profiles individually. Through X-Rite’s ColorTRUE Aware Partner Program, we are collaborating with other app developers to allow them to seamlessly access your ColorTRUE profile within their app by using X-Rite’s mobile color management software development kit (SDK). This way, any ColorTRUE Aware app can display colors accurately and consistently.

So help us spread the word by telling your favorite app developers you want them to be ColorTRUE Aware!

ColorTRUE Aware Partners:
Whenever you create a profile for your mobile device with ColorTRUE, the following apps will also be color managed:

Cam Ranger,  Qtake Monitor"

that’s it, only two!

 

I hope this helps
neil barstow, colourmanagement net :: adobe forum volunteer
google me "neil barstow colourmanagement" for lots of free articles on colour management
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