Over saturated images on LR export.


cardiffgareth

Link Posted 16/05/2020 - 22:51
Hi, just wondering if I can bend your ear and hopefully get an answer to an issue I'm having.

I know Lightroom uses ProPhoto RGB colour space and exports in sRGB as a default and this hasn't been an issue before as I have a calibrated monitor and what I see is what I get back but today I exported some images and they were extremely over saturated and not like I was viewing in Lightroom on the develop module.

I've tried on export changing the colour space to sRGB, ProPhoto RGB and Adobe RGB 1998 and nothing is making a difference?
I'm wanted to output what I'm seeing when I'm processing images but it's way off.

Help!
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pschlute

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 01:09
How are you viewing your exported images ?

What format are you saving as (jpeg TIFF)
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JAK

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 01:40
How do they look if you reimport them back into lightroom? And as Peter says, how are you viewing the finished exports?
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Last Edited by JAK on 17/05/2020 - 01:42

cardiffgareth

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 08:58
Viewing them using the built in picture viewer in Windows 10 but on the same screen / computer as Lightroom they were processed on.

Haven't tried reimporting them back in but I presume as they were ProPhotoRGB in develop and exporting as sRGB and then going back into Lightroom as a ProPhotoRGB then they'd look back to normal?
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pschlute

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 10:25
cardiffgareth wrote:
Viewing them using the built in picture viewer in Windows 10 but on the same screen / computer as Lightroom they were processed on.

Your problem is Windows built in picture viewer which is now just called "photos". It is not a colour managed application. It does nothing with the sRGB profile tagged to your image. If you use a wide gamut monitor the oversaturation will appear even worse. Use something like "FastPictureViewer" freeware and set up colour management within it to get the same image as you see in LR.

cardiffgareth wrote:
Haven't tried reimporting them back in but I presume as they were ProPhotoRGB in develop and exporting as sRGB and then going back into Lightroom as a ProPhotoRGB then they'd look back to normal?

No. Once you have exported an image as a sRGB jpeg that image retains the sRGB tag. On import back into LR it will be displayed as a sRGB jpeg. The colours will however be correct because LR is a colour-managed application.
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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 10:35
Thanks Peter,
I'll get onto that freeware now and download it. Question, if I upload to Flickr with the 'as is' with what I'm seeing now which is incorrectly coloured, will Flickr also have that dodgy colour look or will it be like I see in LR?
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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 10:35
Also, on LR export, should I keep it as sRGB as standard or export in PhoPhotoRGB?
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pschlute

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 10:43
One further thing to remember is that having worked on a raw file in LR in the native colour space (almost the same as ProPhoto, but not quite....google "Melissa"), when you export as a sRGB jpeg you are not getting an identical image colour-wise. The reason is that any colours in your working raw file that are outside the sRGB colour space will be converted on export into a colour that is in the sRGB gamut. Unless you are working with extreme "edge" colours, you probably will not notice a difference. But as an exercise compare the histograms and you will see they are not identical.
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pschlute

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 10:52
cardiffgareth wrote:
Thanks Peter,
I'll get onto that freeware now and download it. Question, if I upload to Flickr with the 'as is' with what I'm seeing now which is incorrectly coloured, will Flickr also have that dodgy colour look or will it be like I see in LR?

Flickr will display the jpeg correctly. The only problem you may have is if the image is then viewed on Flickr in a non colour managed browser. Most browsers are colour managed I believe. Firefox was the first to enable full colour management. Here is a good guide to set up Firefox correctly for full colour management......https://cameratico.com/guides/firefox-color-management/
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pschlute

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 11:02
cardiffgareth wrote:
Also, on LR export, should I keep it as sRGB as standard or export in PhoPhotoRGB?

Anything destined for the web should be sRGB jpeg.

If you export in ProPhoto two problems can arise. Jpeg is 8 bit format so you will not be getting exactly what you see when viewing the 16 bit image in LR develop module. Secondly anyone viewing on a non colour managed application will probably see whacky colours.

The only time you want to be exporting in ProPhoto is if creating a new DNG or PSD or TIFF file that you intend to do further work on in another application.
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pschlute

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 11:11
cardiffgareth wrote:
Thanks Peter,
I'll get onto that freeware now and download it.

Here are the settings to enable colour management with FastPicture Viewer. If you have created a custom monitor profile then choose that from the drop down box.



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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 11:16
Thanks Peter, I'll get onto it
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barkin

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 11:16
Wow! Not my problem, but useful to know nonetheless. Thanks.

pschlute

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 11:29
If by now any readers are wondering why use a wide gamut colour space when the advice seems to be to output everything in sRGB.....here is the answer.....

Anytime you edit a file (colour;exposure;curves;cloning etc), you risk bringing artefacts into the image. The more you edit the higher the risk. By editing a raw file in a 16 bit capable application and a wide colour space you limit those artefacts because the image has so much more information in it to begin with. When all your editing has been done, and probably saved as a 16 bit TIFF or PSD file in a wide colour space, you then can convert the profile to sRGB; resize the image; perform output sharpening; and then save as a (8 bit) jpeg.

Your 16 bit TIFF or PSD file can be retained too so if you ever want to do further work you can do so on that file.
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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 17/05/2020 - 12:06
That pic viewer is amazing and now set to default image viewer on the desktop.

With built in Windows photo viewer



With the freeware FastPictureViewer



As a test I also drag and dropped a pic into Firefox address bar and this also was correctly coloured.

Now, is there a way that the thumbnails in the folder are also done through FastPictureViewer so these look correct also?
Gareth
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