Web and color profiles...

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Pressure, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    So having learned the hard way that the only browser that actually feels like reading the ICC profile (color sync) on pictures I was wondering what others do to retain colors across browsers?

    The most logical way would be to convert to sRGB in Photoshop but the colors do still not match up with the desired goal.

    How do other people solve this?

    Strip everything called color profiles and match the colors up manually?

    In the color sensitive world where color representation is important I somehow need to match colors on a lot of pictures (products) across as many browsers as possible.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Not only will you have to deal with the differences in browsers, you will also need to contend with the different gamma settings between PCs and Macs

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. Pressure thread starter macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Yeah, gamma 1.8 and gamma 2.2 - to hit the broader spectrum (at least 80% of our visitors are still using Internet Explorer), so we will have to use gamma 2.2.

    The joy.

    So any particular tips or/and tricks on how to convert my pictures the easiest way?
  4. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    If my own experience is any indication, the only people that are actually viewing truly accurate color on their computer are those that are using high quality, calibrated displays.
    The issue is not whether a given user is seeing absolutely "accurate" color, but rather, it is the deviation from "normal" that is the most serious issue.
    You cannot control the absolute accuracy of color on an unknown system.

    Your own display calibration is the most important issue; if it is not accurate across the entire range of color, and with a wide range of grayscale, you will introduce color casts, wash-out and/or muddiness while making (erroneous) visual adjustments to your photos and images.

    It helps tremendously to compare the histogram of your images for consistency with what you are seeing on-screen. (assuming you have some experience reading histograms)
    ie: high-key images should have a correspondingly high-key histogram, and so forth.

    BTW, I use sRGB color profile for web images and carefully calibrate my display @ 2.2 using SuperCal, with the display brightness set to minimum.
    For batch processing, I use PhotoshopCS3: File > Scripts > Image Processor.

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