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After a long pause in which nobody seemed to have very many questions, we've got a very intriguing one which came up during the People & Portraits projecteducate week and it's something that has always played on my mind, and no doubt on yours too. Once again sine-out has provided a fantastic answer, so hopefully that will help somewhat in clearing this issue up. Have a question? Drop it on this article and we'll work on an answer!

"It seems like colorful pictures made in adobe look good, then after
they have been uploaded on deviantART... the color is more dead.. not so this an issue?" ~ kayjensen

"Hi kayjensen, the issue your describing is most likely a colour profile issue. Colour profiles essentially describe how each colour is represented and there are different profiles for different purpose but mostly for getting accurate colour out of a printer or a screen.

By default the internet works with and assumes that every image uses the sRGB colour profile, this is a very narrow colour profile, but it's nearly ubiquitous (hence the reason why it's a defacto standard), so nearly all web based images are saved using that profile.

Photoshop, however, is colour space/profile aware, and can save images to virtually any colour profile imaginable, most of which are much larger than the sRGB colour profile. One of the most popular of these is the AdobeRGB colour profile.

If you save an image using the AdobeRGB profile and then display it in a web browser, the images can appear duller (it should be noted that most modern browsers support colour profiles these days, but a lot of websites strip the colour profile information from any images uploaded, which forces those web browsers to assume the image is using sRGB).

To correct this issue, when you're saving off your image for uploading, Click on Edit > Convert to Profile, then select the destination space to sRGB. If the colours shift dramatically when you do that, then click on the 'Intent' drop down box and choose from the list until the image looks as close to the original as possible.

Because sRGB is such a small colour profile, make sure you save this image as a copy and don't overwrite your source file, as this is a lossy conversion. Hope that helps!"
~ sine-out

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ChiaraScuro Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saved my photo as sRGB and it still turns all dull and muddy when I try to upload it. Any ideas as to why this might be?
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah I had the same problem lately. I was advised to upload a lower size and that worked :)
meganakamomo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks for sharing this great information! However, I am having problems with dA dulling my pictures even when I haven't touched them up at all. I checked the info on my image and it says that the color profile is sRGB IEC61966-2.1, but the colors still don't come out right when uploaded. Is there a way to fix this? Any help would be much appreciated :)
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm that's weird, how's your screen? Have you tried it between programs like facebook or flickr to see if it's your monitor?
meganakamomo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist
The colors are fine on Facebook, Flickr, and Blogger, but it appears dull on Photobucket.
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's very strange. I suggest perhaps contacting the help desk, i don't know if they'd be able to answer the query, but it's worth a try :)
meganakamomo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Alright, thank you very much for your help! :hug:
Itti Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
After reading this the other day, I had it in mind when finishing an image in Photoshop just now. Anyway I couldn't find the colour profiles bit but there was an sRGB checkbox (ticked by default) when I saved so it looks like my images use sRGB already so I think I'm safe! :)
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome! :heart:
Itti Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow. RGB for screens/CYMK for printing was the extent of my colour profile knowledge. Great to learn more!
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