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VIDEO: What Color Profile Should I Assign in Photoshop?

Assigning an RGB color profile in Photoshop will have a great effect to how your images are displayed and printed.

There is a big difference between sRGB and Adobe RGB color gamuts. Adobe RGB has a larger color gamut than sRGB and will produce more saturated color. However, it’s not meant for all RGB images.

This VIDEO tutorial will step through the confusion of which RGB color profile to use with your images in Adobe Photoshop CS.

Most digital cameras save images with sRGB color profile. sRGB color gamut is smaller than Adobe RGB. While the RGB color values stay the same, the resulting color that is displayed is significantly different. For higher color saturation, choose Adobe RGB color profile. While not for every image, Adobe RGB is a preferred color profile to assign to your images.

All RGB profiles are not the same and will produce different color when printed even though the RGB values are the same.

In conclusion, I prefer to use Adobe RGB on most everything except portrait photography. Try both and see which one works best for you.

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13 replies on “VIDEO: What Color Profile Should I Assign in Photoshop?”

This is very informative. I would like to know, if I should be consistent with my color settings in photoshop exporting from lightroom?

Thank you so much for this, I just upgraded to CS5 and was going crazy looking how to change color spaces.

yes you should keep your color settings consistent. i like to use Adobe RGB for all images other than images with skin tones. skin tones tend to be over saturated in Adobe RGB.

let me know if you need more information from me.

but if you edit in aRGB when you save for the final image, the image wont look the same. you have to do your editing is sRGB and make it look like aRGB (if you prefer that punch color/saturation look) or they wont come out the same. yes?

not sure i completely understand the question, but we can figure it out. are you referring to saving the final image for web? besides portraits, you can assign the Adobe RGB profile for an instant color correction. it adds much punch to the color. i think your asking about web images as most web browsers do not support profiles and resort to sRGB, therefore losing your color you had in Adobe. use ‘save for web’ and make sure the ‘convert to sRGB’ is checked

I have iDisplay that balances and builds a colour profile for my monitor. If I use any other colour setting than the monitor profile (so I have setting don’t manage this document) then everything will be wrong. It may look great in PH but it won’t print right and will look bad if sent to another computer because the colour space is contained in PH so there is a clash between PH’s colour space and my monitor profile.

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