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Photoshop work screen is desaturated(in color) compared to my files/photos.

New Here ,
Dec 22, 2019 Dec 22, 2019

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Let me just start off with saying that I've used Photoshop for 3 years now and this is the first time I've dealt with anything related to desaturated colors.Issue.pngAs you can see the colors are a lot different. It sucks because I paint in Photoshop everyday. I didn't notice the color difference until I saved a landscape page I was painting.

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My guess is that my Photoshop is displaying the colors in CMYK format, but every color setting I look at it says RGB. I've looked up many different solutions for my problem, but none of them work.

 

Here are my color settings:

Color Settings.pngAny information on this issue would be amazing. Thank you!

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Community Expert , Dec 23, 2019 Dec 23, 2019

It looks like a defective monitor profile.

 

If you are using the Windows "Photos" app to compare, it is not color managed and does not use the monitor profile.

 

There will always be a difference between applications that are color managed (Photoshop), and applications that are not (Photos). A lift in the shadow values is in itself normal, because the profile corrects for a shadow dip that almost all LCD panels have natively. But hardly as much as this, suggesting a problem with the profile.

 

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Community Expert , Sep 19, 2022 Sep 19, 2022

That means you have a broken monitor profile.

 

Proof to Monitor RGB disables all color management in Photoshop, and bypasses the broken profile. IOW you're not solving anything, you're just sweeping it under the carpet. The profile is still broken.

 

The proper fix for this is to use a calibrator to make a new profile. If you don't have one, use sRGB IEC61966-2.1 until you get one. See above for details on how.

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LEGEND ,
Dec 22, 2019 Dec 22, 2019

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What mode are you editing in. Do the Image files you are editing have a color profile so Photoshop will edit then in the correct color space. Why guess why not look?

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Community Expert ,
Dec 22, 2019 Dec 22, 2019

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hi try to reset your preferences hope that helps...Regards

Ali Sajjad / Graphic Design Trainer / Freelancer / Adobe Certified Professional

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Dec 23, 2019 Dec 23, 2019

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It looks like a defective monitor profile.

 

If you are using the Windows "Photos" app to compare, it is not color managed and does not use the monitor profile.

 

There will always be a difference between applications that are color managed (Photoshop), and applications that are not (Photos). A lift in the shadow values is in itself normal, because the profile corrects for a shadow dip that almost all LCD panels have natively. But hardly as much as this, suggesting a problem with the profile.

 

Are you using a calibrator to make your monitor profile? If not, you probably got a bad manufacturer profile distributed through Windows Update.

 

Replace your current profile with sRGB IEC61966-2.1 as a temporary workaround until you get a calibrator. Relaunch Photoshop when done, it needs to load the new profile at startup.

 

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New Here ,
Dec 26, 2019 Dec 26, 2019

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Thank you! This fixed the problem!

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May 08, 2022 May 08, 2022

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wow ! thanx this worsks for me too after 2 month ❤️

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Dec 23, 2019 Dec 23, 2019

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Photoshop is color managed, and uses the monitor profile to display correct colors.

The Photos app is not color managed, and can not be expected to display correct colors. (no native Windows applications are color managed)

If you have a wide gamut monitor (which I suspect that you do), applications without color management will display over saturated.

 

The solution is to use only color managed applications to view your work. You can use Bridge, or a third party viewer.

I recommend the FastStone image viewer, which is free for personal use.

You have to enable color management under Settings > CMS. Both boxes must be checked.

Restart the application after changing the settings.

It will now display identically to Photoshop.

 

Faststone-settings.png

 

If colors in Photoshop have changed all of a sudden, the cause is most likely a defective monitor profile.

As troubleshooting, and as a possible temporary fix, try setting the monitor profile to sRGB.

If your monitor is wide gamut, use Adobe RGB.

 

Close Photoshop.

Press the Windows key + R, type colorcpl in the box and press Enter.

Add the sRGB profile and 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.

Depending on your monitor, sRGB may (or may not) be be close enough, so for best results, use a calibrator.

 

 

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Sep 19, 2022 Sep 19, 2022

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With the document open, use the "view" menu and select "proof colors"

I'm no expert but this works for me. 

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Sep 19, 2022 Sep 19, 2022

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That means you have a broken monitor profile.

 

Proof to Monitor RGB disables all color management in Photoshop, and bypasses the broken profile. IOW you're not solving anything, you're just sweeping it under the carpet. The profile is still broken.

 

The proper fix for this is to use a calibrator to make a new profile. If you don't have one, use sRGB IEC61966-2.1 until you get one. See above for details on how.

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Sep 20, 2022 Sep 20, 2022

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Hi Per

I agree with you and D.Fosse that it's probably a broken display profile. 

"Photoshop is color managed, and uses the monitor profile to display correct colors.

The Photos app is not color managed, and can not be expected to display correct colors. (no native Windows applications are color managed)"

I believe SOME versions of Photos may now be colour managed. D.Fosse will answer that one I hope. 

 

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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Sep 20, 2022 Sep 20, 2022

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Hi Neil,

This was three years ago, and things are different now.

The Photos app and the Edge browser are now color managed, and have been so for some time.

Given that both are updated via OS updates and that most updates are mandatory, we can probably assume that the vast majority of Windows users are running color managed versions.

The File Explorer, Desktop and Paint are not color managed.

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Sep 20, 2022 Sep 20, 2022

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Absolutely correct, Photos is now fully color managed (picking up where they left off; the old Windows 7 Photo Viewer was also fully color managed).

 

It happened very silently and without fanfare, IIRC it was actually @Per Berntsen who first discovered this and reported it here a year or two ago. I hadn't noticed until then (but then I don't normally use it).

 

But that doesn't change the fact that a broken monitor profile can easily manifest itself differently in different applications. One application may choke on it while another has no apparent problems. It can also display differently from two different source document profiles.

 

So a difference between two color managed applications is still a strong indicator of a broken profile. It's obviously an indicator that something is wrong, and the monitor profile is always the prime suspect.

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Thanks for that Per and D Fosse

 

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