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Something very odd happened to my Lightroom yesterday.  The background color of the right and left side panels in Lightroom changed from grey to a dark maroon-brown.  Also, I now notice a maroon-brown tinge to areas in some black and white images (not color).  In addition, I notice the same color background around Photoshop work space and a maroon-brown tinge to some BW photos in Photoshop.

Any ideas?

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Correct answer by Per Berntsen | Adobe Community Professional

You mention Microsoft, so I'm guessing that you're on Windows. And a brownish or yellowish interface (or a brownish or yellowish tint on images) indicates a defective monitor profile.

Windows 10 is known to install low quality profiles from monitor manufacturers when doing updates, and these profiles are often defective  out of the box. Lightroom is color managed, and uses the monitor profile to display correct colors.

 

As troubleshooting, and as a possible (temporary) fix, try setting the monitor profile to sRGB. (use Adobe RGB if you have a wide gamut monitor)

With Lightroom closed, press the Windows key + R, type colrcpl in the box and press Enter.

Add the sRGB profile, then set it as Default.

If this fixes the issue, it is recommended that you calibrate the monitor with a hardware calibrator.

This will also create and install a custom monitor profile that accurately describes your monitor.

 

Note that no Windows native applications (except the latest version of Edge) are color managed.

They do not use the monitor profile, and are unaffected by a defective profile.

 

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Something very odd happened to my Lightroom yesterday.  The background color of the right and left side panels in Lightroom changed from grey to a dark maroon-brown.  Also, I now notice a maroon-brown tinge to areas in some black and white images (not color).  In addition, I notice the same color background around Photoshop work space and a maroon-brown tinge to some BW photos in Photoshop.

Any ideas?

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Correct answer by Per Berntsen | Adobe Community Professional

You mention Microsoft, so I'm guessing that you're on Windows. And a brownish or yellowish interface (or a brownish or yellowish tint on images) indicates a defective monitor profile.

Windows 10 is known to install low quality profiles from monitor manufacturers when doing updates, and these profiles are often defective  out of the box. Lightroom is color managed, and uses the monitor profile to display correct colors.

 

As troubleshooting, and as a possible (temporary) fix, try setting the monitor profile to sRGB. (use Adobe RGB if you have a wide gamut monitor)

With Lightroom closed, press the Windows key + R, type colrcpl in the box and press Enter.

Add the sRGB profile, then set it as Default.

If this fixes the issue, it is recommended that you calibrate the monitor with a hardware calibrator.

This will also create and install a custom monitor profile that accurately describes your monitor.

 

Note that no Windows native applications (except the latest version of Edge) are color managed.

They do not use the monitor profile, and are unaffected by a defective profile.

 

color-management.png

 

 

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Monitor profile corrupted or video card problems?

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Thanks for reply.  Yesterday, (Aug 16) the color was back to normal.  Today, the marron-brown has returned.  The print output (paper) of BW images in not affected.  The colors in other apps (Google or Microsoft) are fine.  Maybe I should get a computer pro to check out my computer?

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You mention Microsoft, so I'm guessing that you're on Windows. And a brownish or yellowish interface (or a brownish or yellowish tint on images) indicates a defective monitor profile.

Windows 10 is known to install low quality profiles from monitor manufacturers when doing updates, and these profiles are often defective  out of the box. Lightroom is color managed, and uses the monitor profile to display correct colors.

 

As troubleshooting, and as a possible (temporary) fix, try setting the monitor profile to sRGB. (use Adobe RGB if you have a wide gamut monitor)

With Lightroom closed, press the Windows key + R, type colrcpl in the box and press Enter.

Add the sRGB profile, then set it as Default.

If this fixes the issue, it is recommended that you calibrate the monitor with a hardware calibrator.

This will also create and install a custom monitor profile that accurately describes your monitor.

 

Note that no Windows native applications (except the latest version of Edge) are color managed.

They do not use the monitor profile, and are unaffected by a defective profile.

 

color-management.png

 

 

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Dear Per,  Yes!  It worked.

 You say, "If this fixes the issue, it is recommended that you calibrate the monitor with a hardware calibrator."

What is a "hardware calibrator"?  I assume it is not devices like Spyder from DataColor or X-Rite.

thanks,

 Jimlub

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"I assume it is not devices like Spyder from DataColor or X-Rite."

 

That's exactly what it is.

 

There are two reasons you want one. One, it's the only way to get reliably accurate color. Two, it's the only way to have complete control over a crucial component in the Photoshop/Lightroom ecosystem.

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