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color reproduction problem

New Here ,
Dec 02, 2020 Dec 02, 2020

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I just noticed a problem reproducing colors when opening files in Elements 13.  See the examples above:  the top file was downloaded directly from my SD card onto the (Mac) desktop.  For the other one, I opened the downloaded photo in Elements and saved it, without any modifications, right back to the desktop.  I get the same result whether or not I go through Camera Raw.  In the first photo, the petals on the flower on the left have a rich, silky pink color, where in the other photo the overall look is more "bland" and somewhat washed out.  Zooming up helps to see the difference.  I have chosen "no color management" under color settings, because this gives the closest result to the original.  Still, this is unsatisfactory.  What settings do I need to change?

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Adobe Community Professional , Dec 03, 2020 Dec 03, 2020
I guess that I did not make myself clear. In Editor>Edit menu>Color settings, check "Always optimize colors for computer screens." Next, go to File>print>more options>color management tab. In the drop-down under color handling, select "printer manages colors."

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After posting these photos, I see that the differences don't really show up in this post.  You'll have to take my word for it.

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Under PSE color settings I have mine set to optimize for computer screens.

Under printer properties,  I checked "Printer manages Colors".

If color fidelity remains an issue for you, you may be well advised to calibrate your monitor. There are several devices available for this purpose.

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Hi Hatstead,

     I did go back and retry "optimize for printers" in PSE and it did improve!  I haven't tried printing the result yet, but I'll look into the "Printer manages Colors" option as well.  Thanks for the response!!

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I guess that I did not make myself clear. In Editor>Edit menu>Color settings, check "Always optimize colors for computer screens."

Next, go to File>print>more options>color management tab. In the drop-down under color handling, select "printer manages colors."

 

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Thanks for the clarification, but now all the color settings seem to be reproducing the image adequately.  I don't know what is/was going on, but at the moment there isn't a problem.  

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You're welcome. Glad to help.

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