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Jeremy D. West
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Color Confusion


Just recently, and basically just out of the blue, I've noticed that the colors of my photos in thumbnail view look great, colorful and vibrant. But, then when I click to view it in a larger size, and/or download it, the colors are not only different, but they are very muted and dull.

Does anyone know what I may have inadvertently done to cause this to happen?

thanks......Jerry

1/12/2011 1:21:14 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Can you give more details? Do you mean this is happening in your BP gallery? Or when you have the files loaded on your computer,and are going from thumbnail to full-size preview?

1/14/2011 5:51:28 AM

 
Jeremy D. West
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  Hi Chris......the photos brought into the BP gallery are fine.....it's when I attach them to an email via either GMail or Yahoo. They look great before, but then when I view them in the email and either a View or a Download, the colors are extremely muted.

I've tried changing everything to ProPhotoRGB instead of sRGB, but it doesn't seem to clear up the problem.

Thanks.....Jerry

1/14/2011 7:59:59 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  It sounds like Yahoo/Gmail is perhaps altering your image (most likely compressing it during the attachment process.) Have you checked to see if your email account (maybe Gmail would be service-oriented enough?) has a setting to specify no compression of attached images? My mom use to use Hotmail, and it not only automatically compressed every attached image file, it resized them first. So she'd send me a camera file uncropped, and I'd get this 1080-wide image file... Of course, in compression, you're bound to lose data, and see a different result; dramatically so, if the compression is heavy...

1/14/2011 7:23:18 PM

 
Peter K. Burian
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  I use G mail and it does not creat that problem, if the images are in sRGB color space.

In fact, G mail seems to retain overall quality quite well.

P.

1/27/2011 1:35:43 PM

 

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