Photoshop CS3 and Save for Web issues
I've recently begun using Photoshop CS3 and noticed that all of my saved 'Save for Web and Devices' jpgs were coming out differently than they looked in my workspace. I always disable colour management as I don't do any print work and I believe the simplest method for web development and design is to work in my monitor's colour working space. This was working fine in CS2 but for some reason my jpgs were looking different when I'd saved them. I discovered a setting in Save for Web and Devices that is on by default and converts the output to the sRGB profile before saving.
Below is a screenshot of my colour settings in Photoshop for reference.
Here is a screenshot of the offending setting, accessed from the menu that appears if you hit the small arrow button next to the presets drop down menu in 'Save for Web and Devices. In the screenshot my cursor is pointing to the menu button.
You need to deselect 'Convert to sRGB' to ensure your jpgs and other exports look the same as your non-colour managed workspace.
I use an Apple Macbook Pro for my work which has a different gamma to Windows connected monitors. To roughly see how my images will look on a PC I have set up my 'Proof Colors' to be 'Windows RGB'. You can do this by selecting View -> Proof Setup -> Windows RGB from the main Photoshop menu. Likewise I imagine this would be useful for Windows users wishing to see how their images will look like in a Mac environment.
Now I know there are reasons why people should use colour management in Photoshop but I believe for web design work it is simplest to disable it. Most web browsers aren't able to display images with embedded profiles so it seems a little pointless to me. I could of course be very wrong and if anyone thinks otherwise please leave a comment.
Note: These days I work with everything in Photoshop in sRGB colour space which is arguably the most common (Windows) colour space for the web. Please see my comments below for details. The above no longer really applies to my workflow but may still suit yours.
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