Apple Color Picker Uses "Generic RGB"?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Wardrop, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Wardrop macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2007
    One of the biggest road blocks or annoyances I've faced since owning my MacBook Pro (it's been 2 months now), is to do with the Apple color picker. The following screenshot pretty much summarizers my problem in
    a nutshell...

    The obvious problem from the screenshot is that the Apple color picker generates a hex value that doesn't match the actual color it displays (note, it has nothing to do with that plugin I'm using, trust me). So if for example I apply the selected color as a background to a website I'm working on, the color will be appear significantly different when viewed in a web browser. Sometimes the difference is small, but on other occasions it's quite drastic (like the difference between rainforest green, and autumn green). The source of the problem is also reasonably obvious when looking at the screenshot. The apple color picker uses the "Generic RGB" color profile, while my system is configured to use the color profile for my display, Dell U2410. It doesn't really matter what my system color profile is set to, as whatever I set it to, unless it's "Generic RGB", Apple's color picker will always generate these color inconsistencies making it virtually useless as a color picker.

    I'm wondering how everyone works around this problem? I've searched around quite a bit and am yet to find a way to make the Apple color picker respect my system color profile. This bug is preventing me from doing any web design work on my new Mac as it's no good if my colors keep changing from underneath me. Here's another example which more clearly demonstrates the difference in color between the color picker and the browser...

    Note how both Firebug and the color picker report the same hex, yet the color displayed looks very different.

    Can anyone help? or at least confirm that they also experience the same issue, and maybe offer some tips on how they deal with it? To test it on your machine, create an apple script with the text "choose color" and run it. Then use the DigitalColor Meter tool and compare the hex (or RGB) values reported by the color picker, with that reported by the DigitalColor Meter.

    Any enlightenment is much appreciated!
  2. Mr Dobey macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2008
    Looks like the color picker is reading it in a different profile than the program is. If the program is in the sRGB color space and the color meter is to read in sRGB than all should be good.

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