For this post, I am guessing that many of you are not going to need to read it. And it is one of those good news – bad news things, at least for me. So to save some of your some trouble, the bottom line is that if you want to get your images looking right on the web, make sure that the color profile settings are for sRGB and not anything else.
Okay, now about my lessons learned for the day;- (
I have working on my Blurb book recently, first one I hope will be for my series In Passing, and the second book should be for SoFoBoMo. So the big tip (Thanks Gordon!!) that I found for Blurb is to pay attention to the color management, not only for Color but also for Black and White. So back to school for me on color management.
Color management can also be daunting, but like any good onion, you just keep peeling the layers off and eventually you get most of it. So I thought.
The Blurb book printing is keyed off the color profile/space, althought not transfered with the image itself when downloaded to Blurb, but assumed that it is right. And the Blurb color profile (ICC) space is based on the color space is sRGB and not any other. If you use Adobe RGB for your normal workflow and do not make the change to sRGB, you will not get what you had anticipated in the final book.
So how does this relate to the Web, eh? Well that sRGB color space requirment looked very familiar. So when I did my basic web color managment research, I quickly found (again) that the web works off the sRGB color space. If you prepare an image with any other color space or color profile, what you upload is not what you are going to see. Oh oh. Stare – stare – stare (then some words that my Grandmother would not approve of!).
Oh yes. I have been blogging for a year (this month) as well as maintaining my own web site and I have never ever converted any of my images from the Adobe RGB color space to the sRGB color space before using the Photoshop ‘save for the web’. I had noticed a slight tonal change to my Black and White toned images from my Photoshop version to my web version, but I just passed it off as a ‘monitor’ calibration issue. Yikes!! My images were now saved in sRGB for the web, but I had not soft proofed them to be sure that in the sRGB color space that they looked like my working Adobe RGB images.
So you might say that one of the things I will be doing NEW for my second year of blogging, is to convert my images from the Adobe RGB to the sRGB color profiles for my images before saving them for the web. I am NOT going back to my previous posts and redoing the images. That would be insanity. Okay, then maybe I might.
Er,… no I will not;- )
But that does leave me in a quandry about my web site, as none of those images were prior converted to sRGB and adjusted to my Adobe RGB versions as well. And that will be a big project. So all the NEW stuff will be converted first into sRGBand tweaked, but what about all the other ealier web images??
I think I need a drink and I might not wait for my 5pm happy hour. BIG Sigh.
Best regards, Doug
BTW, I did just work out my Hue/Saturation conversion for my series In Passing as to make the tweaks for my sRGB images to appear like my Adobe RGB images. Thus, the image Randy posted with this is my FIRST image using my revised web color management workflow. You can compare it with the image in my blog post yesterday.