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Why LRC NEF file exported to PNG 16bit ProPhoto are not identical?

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Oct 03, 2020

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Hi

I notice a change between files when exporting NEF Raw files to PNG 16bit ProPhoto.

As far as I know - NEF Raw files in Lightroom CC are developed withi ProPhoto 16bits, and PNG is supposed to be lossless. 

Then what is the source of this difference?

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Gabriel

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Why LRC NEF file exported to PNG 16bit ProPhoto are not identical?

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Hi

I notice a change between files when exporting NEF Raw files to PNG 16bit ProPhoto.

As far as I know - NEF Raw files in Lightroom CC are developed withi ProPhoto 16bits, and PNG is supposed to be lossless. 

Then what is the source of this difference?

Thanks a lot

Gabriel

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How are, or perhaps I should say where, are you comparing.

 

Are you looking at the PNG in LrC, or a viewer?

 

Just another Adobe customer; My Sys; APP: LRC 10.0, PS 22.0; CMP: WIN WS 16GB OS 10 v1909 (18363), mid 2015 MBPr 15” 16GB MACOS 10.15.7; 4K EXT DSPY; CAM: Canon 5D Mk III, Fuji X-T3

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Please post screenshot that show the difference.

Are you on Windows or Mac, and in what application are you viewing the PNG?

And why are you exporting a 16-bit PNG? The PNG format is designed for web graphics with predominantly solid colors.

If this is a regular photograph, jpg is the preferred format, which will offer much better compression than PNG, with (usually) little quality loss, depending on the Quality setting.

 

If you intend to edit the exported file in Photoshop, use 16-bit Tiff or PSD. You can then just right click the image in Lightroom and choose Edit in Photoshop, with no need for exporting.

Also note that there is no need to export in ProPhoto because Lightroom uses a variant of ProPhoto as its working space.

Color management will ensure that the image displays correctly in color managed applications, no matter what color space you choose on Export.

And unless you know what you're doing, stay away from ProPhoto, and use Adobe RGB or sRGB instead.

ProPhoto is indtended for editing only, and a ProPhoto file should never leave your computer.

sRGB is the safe choice, especially if the image is going online, or is intended for screen viewing only.

And viewing a ProPhoto file in an application without color management usually leads to desaturation.

 

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