Is Everything Color Managed in OS X?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by davewolfs, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. davewolfs macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2007
    Just curious to know if everything is color managed in OS X for example, all application frames (perhaps not the content), the finder, the desktop and all Icons etc...

    Specifically what I would like to know is if you were using a high gamut display if the OS itself would look any different then how the OS would look on an sRGB display.


  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    If I understand your question correctly, when you calibrate the display, the calibration applies to everything (even including the content "inside application frames") as a final step -- it affects the entire screen. So OS X wouldn't really look different on the two different screens as long as they are both properly calibrated, to the extent that the displays are capable of the same color spectrum and contrast. Uncalibrated, of course, it would look different on the two screens.
  3. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    I'm not sure if it's fixed, but definitely in 10.4, the way certain applications handled colour profiles was different, particularly for external monitors.

    For example, 'basic' apps, such as iPhoto, would apply the 'primary' colour profile for the display only, whereas 'pro' apps, such as Aperture (and Preview actually too) would apply the correct colour profile for the display. You could see the difference if you opened an image, and dragged it over the two displays - the image would change colours in the proper app, but in iPhoto it would not change, and look weird on the monitor. I discovered it that the main profile was loaded during log in, and this was kept and used.

    I haven't really used an external monitor since I got 10.5, so I don't know if this was fixed.
  4. davewolfs thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2007
    Yes that is what I am asking. So is that the case for OS X? For example, within Windows if I open an application such as Photoshop everything looks absolutely perfect, although on the same machine launching an application such as word or simply viewing icons on my desktop are not properly color managed and therefore appear to have unusual saturation. Is this the case with OS X as well?
  5. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Everything is colour managed.

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