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Colorspace | Adobe RGB, sRGB & ProPhoto RGB

In my previous post about exporting with Lightroom (here), i had mentioned my recommendation about using sRGB colorspace if you want to upload the image/s to any websites.

I’m not trying to be too technical here, but you can get more details on this in full here.
“…..Basically its the amount of color that is contained in the file when you save it. The three most common colorspaces are Adobe RGB, sRGB, and ProPhoto RGB”

“……..but the problem is that not all devices can actually display the larger colorspace which can cause even more problems when it comes to viewing the images, add to that the lack of color management in most applications (like web browsers) and you will often get dull or washed out colors when viewing the images…”

“….If you use a colorspace that allows MORE colors, than why would the images look WORSE when viewing them? The answer that since almost no devices can actually display Adobe RGB, you wind up with an intepretation of the image causing it to look dull…”

Here i upload the 3 series of same image using different colorspace:

ProPhoto RGB

Adobe RGB



–  I found out Firefox managed to do good job on the color profile, if you’re using Google Chrome, try open this post in Firefox, all images are now viewed in their own color profile… well done Firefox.


Adobe Lightroom Tips: Lightroom Export (Image Sizing)

After done working on our images in develop module, we might want to share it. Be it in prints, or to upload it on any website.

To go to export dialog, hit CTRL + Shit + E / CMD + Shift + E.

As we scroll down the menu, theres a title “Image Sizing”

This feature is pretty useful for us to determine what are the appropriate output for different usage.

Let’s say you and to export and share it on Facebook

Click on Resize To Fit and select dimension

I choose 2048 x 2048 pixel with resolution of 72.

Make Image format is set to JPEG sure in the “File Setting”  and select sRGB as your color space because most of the website recognize sRGB rather than AdobeRGB (1998). But if you do, the websites will automatically strips down the color space and change it with sRGB and there you will see the image might look slightly different than it suposed to be  when the image are uploaded.

Hit the export and now the image are ready to be uploaded to any website

Some stock images requires us to submit at least 4 megapixel image. In this case, go back to the Image Sizing in Export dialog.

Check the Resize to Fit and select Megapixel. And you know what to do after this step. 🙂

Just in case you want to export multiple image with different types of layout (landscape & portrait). It is a total mess to play around by specifying sizes in dimension, width & height. The trick here is to key in the long side for example 10×10 inch or you can try Long Edge or Short Edge, and this is going to put your nerves away.

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