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01-26-2015, 04:50 PM   #1
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New monitor - image saturation issues

Hi all,

If this has been covered before, I apologize, but couldn't find this exact question in a prior thread.

I'd been processing on a Sony Vaio laptop for some time, using mainly LR4. I calibrated color using only the native tool in the control panel, never an external device. When I web-published my images and viewed them on other devices (other computers, iPhone, etc) they always looked mostly like they looked on my laptop screen after processing. I recently ditched the laptop and upgraded to a new IPS monitor. I still process mainly in LR (though now 5, upgraded from 4). The first few sets of images I've processed appear (obviously) as I want them to on the IPS monitor screen, but when viewed on other devices (another laptop I own, iPhone, etc) they appears significantly desaturated from what I see on the IPS screen (though the degree of desaturation seems to vary based on the other device I'm viewing on).

Can anybody assist with what might be going on and how I can fix it?

Greatly appreciate any help.


01-26-2015, 05:29 PM   #2
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You need to research color management. Search the forum for lots on the topic. It is not an easy thing to figure out at first or ever, really, but you'll get there sooner or later.

01-27-2015, 03:32 AM   #3
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There are professional tools you can buy.

But here's a free one that I like to use because it's free and easy to set up.

Hex2Bit - Software by Mike Walters

I've used it on my work monitor so that I can view pictures with better colors than what I'm getting with the regular adjustment settings.

As far as viewing on other devices/other people's monitors, all you can do is make sure the picture looks correct on your calibrated monitor. If it looks off on someone else's screen, that's their problem.
01-27-2015, 03:41 AM   #4
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I bought a Spyder Express last week and ran it on three machines.*Now* there'll be more consistency.

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As Miguel says, do a bit of research on colour spaces if you are not familiar with the concepts, otherwise what I have written next will seem like gobbly-gook.

My first question is what IPS monitor are you using? If it is capable of displaying colours well beyond sRGB (eg the Dell 27 inch 2560 x1440 px screen), you can run into issues if working with mixed colour spaces. You could potentially be de-saturating to compensate for the screen being set to Adobe RGB colour space while working on files using/intended for sRGB colour space. You will get oversaturation of the images displayed on the screen mixing colour spaces like this, and you may be desaturating in LR to compensate and return to something visually pleasing. If you are editing JPEG's out of the camera, you could well have this problem as JPEG's are likely sRGB unless you have changed this in the camera menu. The net result when exported to another machine will be poor saturation. Check the IPS screen's menu settings to see if there is a colour space option (won't be there unless screen can do multiple colour spaces) . If there, set to sRGB and see how you get on.

Also, what are your file export settings for the edited files you send to the iPad etc? Should be sRGB for compatibility - most devices only use/interpret sRGB except for stuff intended for serious graphics work and many can't properly interpret files using non sRGB colour spaces.

All this needs to be checked through before any thought of going to the next step of monitor calibration is entertained.
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Calibrate it, +1.
Spyder Pro 3 (or 4), +1.
01-28-2015, 09:27 PM   #7
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Thanks all for the replies. Searched through some more old threads, which were informative. Discovered that I'd inadvertently changed my LR5 export color space setting to ProPhoto RGB. When i switched it back to sRGB, things straightened out. Monitor calibration is up next...

Much appreciated,
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Always good when a problem can be quickly resolved.


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