Is it normal for exported photos from Photoshop to look slightly different?

Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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I tried to upscale and adjust the brightness, contrast, and sharpness of an illustration in Ps, using layers.

Everything looks good in Ps, but when exporting the file and viewing the final product with my Macbook's default image browser ('Preview'), it seems like the contrast and other adjustments are gone.

Any ideas?

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Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Are you embedding the color profile in the Exported file?

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Sorry I'm new to Ps and photo editing in general.

Did you mean those two check marks during export? If so, yes, I checked BOTH sRGB and Embed

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Please set the Status Bar to »Document Profile« and post meaningful screenshots taken at View > 100%. 

 

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Sure, can do this once I get a chance to get back to my computer

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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There are several factors. It depends on the export file format. For instance if exporting under PNG, and you choose smaller file size the colors may be affected. And forget JPEG…

Also it depends how your color space is managed. If working in CMYK and exporting for the web under RGB some colors are not the same. just beacause Photoshop emulate on screen the final look of your pic on paper.

The opposite as well.

Then it also depends on you screen calibration. With a standard Mac screen you may evaluate the pictures distinctly. Check the screen brightness… You may find a pic too bright or too dark or redish or anything just because your screen is not properly set up.

And the file preview function on mac is not the best judge… 

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Yes I am working in sRGB. And the brightness is at the middle setting of my macbook.

I export with JPG and simply use 'Export As' JPG.

Is Macbook's 'Preview' image viewer known to have false display?

If so, what is a better alternative to view exported Photoshop images correctly?

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LEGEND ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Here's a simple but important test: take the exported file (not the original file) and open it in Photoshop. How does it look? Like the original? Or like the corrected file?

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Good idea! I will have to try this

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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I would say that if your purpose is to publish to the web, the best way to check the final result is to open the pic with browsers (Chrome, Opera, Firefox or Safari) You can compare and then edit the image accordingly to adapt it.

Also Mac rendering is much brighter than Windows… So for the web I use to lighten my images a little more…

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Also Mac rendering is much brighter than Windows


By @didiermazier

 

Not with working color management, which all browsers do today. Then the platform is entirely out of the equation. The document RGB values are remapped into monitor RGB values, and the result is a correct rendering.

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Good idea. So you think Chrome browser would be a better image viewer than Mac's Preview image viewer?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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No Chrome is not better. But it may show your image nearer what others would see once it will be published on a website.

As our friend told, if you use color management (profiles and so on…) the image is supposed to look the same on any viewer.

Nonetherless once sent to lets say a social network like Insta or FB, you image will be reencoded and you may experience a few surprises.

And even with color mamagement, when the printing guy will open more or less the ink injectors (because of pages inposition) some differences between what you saw on screen, the matchprints  ro cromalins and the final result will always happen .

In fact to me there is no absolute truth whatsoever. But color management reduces the error margin.

The idea is to emulate on screen what the final viewer will see. And Photoshop does that rather welL

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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What are your exporting setting?

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Explorer ,
Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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I clicked on bot sRGB and Embed boxes during export. 

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Wen saving the file "Save As" [rather than export], be sure that the profile is embedded. This tells other applications how to interpret the colour in your image

 

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

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Explorer ,
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Update:

 

Thank you for all the suggestions.

Finally fixed the issue.

I followed some of your advices as well as some Youtube tutorials.

My fixes:

 

1. RGB Color Space

2. Assign profile to RGB

3. Before exporting, 'Merge Visible' (on top of topmost layer) to add a flattened layer on top of all of my layers, to avoid Ps from miscalculating layer adjustments during export.

4. Export with both sGRB and Embed boxes

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