My Photos Look Different On The Internet. How Can I Fix Them?
If you’ve ever spent a lot of your time working on a single photo only to upload it to the internet and see that it looks completely different inside your browser, you’ve felt that immense sense of defeat. This is a problem that has haunted many of us and even pushed some of us away from uploading any of the pictures we have created onto the internet. Although you may just assume that it is the browsers fault and there is nothing you can do about it, the trust is actually that you can make a quick and easy fix inside Adobe Photoshop which will save all of your images from your browser.
The easiest way to tell you what is actually wrong with your image is by saying, it’s your color profile. When you work with photo editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop your image is embedded with a color profile. This color profile is usually not the same color profile that any browser uses. A browser uses the color profile sRGB and forces all images to use this same color profile in order to keep consistency. This problem is exactly why the colors in your image can appear faded and full.
A color profile itself, or what is known as an ICC profile, is all the information embedded into an image file that translates them from picture data into the colors that appear on your monitor or even come out of your printer. Colors may seem like a definite thing in our human eyes but the math and science behind creating the values we see inside digital imaging have many different color models. In addition to this only a limited color range is actually available for each medium. Any particular monitor may be able to display some 24 million colors but a piece of paper through a printer may only be able to display half of that.
In short you should go in and change your Color profile with Adobe Photoshop. It is a very simple thing to do and will only take you a few moments. You will want to go to the Edit Menu > Convert to Profile. This keeps all the same colors but translates them into the proper color profile so it is then displayed in the correct colors. The next thing you must do is as simple as selecting sRGB and pressing okay. After you have done this your image will be ready to view inside a browser.
You are also able to do this sort of change inside other free image editing programs such as GIMP. The way you go about doing it is virtually the same exact process just sometimes you will be looking for slightly different names. In some cases with GIMP when you load the image right into the program it will automatically alert you that you are working in a color profile that is not compatable. It will then ask you if you want to change. In most cases if you simply hit Okay at the point in time your image will automatically be converted to the sRGB color profile.