color of my image looks different in windows and mac

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  1. shingfan

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    Hi all,

    i have a question regarding the color of my image. First of all, let me list out what i'm looking at so that you can help me better understand why???

    1) i'm using a macbook to view this image under OSX and Windows (using bootcamp). Tried varies applications and got the same result.

    2) The photo is saved as JPG using Adobe 1998 RGB color profile (photoshop CS4)

    3) When viewing the image under OSX, the photo looks vivid. When viewing the same image under Windows, the photo looks as if a layer of grey has been applied on top of it or desaturated. Both time using the same macbook.

    The problem is that when i take it to print. The printout looks just like how it appeared on windows and it is driving me nuts because i process my photos under OSX (why i bought my macbook). If any knows how i can solve this problem, please help

    One photo file, one macbook, two operating systems -> different viewing result

    Thanks
     
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    Calibration.

    Calibrate both of your monitors, and I think your problems will go away.
     
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    I do apprecaite your comment. However, your suggestion would be more helpful if you read my posting before commenting. I already said that i use the same macbook when viewing the image under windows and OSX. I dont know what it is that is doing that desaturation when i view it in windows (or adding the saturation when viewing in OSX). The print out looks just like the windows view, but apparently a desaturated version of the OSX view. I've been working on my photos all the time under windows and i never had to calibrated my monitor as the colors were always acceptable. I understand that calibration would make things good but i doubt this is an issue with calibration as the print out looks just like the view in windows but look different when viewing in OSX using the "same" machine.
     
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    I thought you were using two seperate computers. It wasn't clear (to me) at first that you're working with two operating systems on one machine...

    I still think calibration is the answer... Maybe you have to run the calibration on windows, then again on OSX? Not really sure what else it could be.
     
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    it is stated in my first and thrid point. "i'm using a macbook" & "Both views using the same macbook."

    As i was saying, the "print out" that i ordered looks exactly like the view in windows. So any calibration in windows would be meaningless. I dont think it is calibration. It is probably something simplier than that.... like a setting in OSX or photoshop or something, but i dont know the answer. I hope someone who knows the answer can help. Many thanks.
     
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    Well, for some reason, it sounds like OSX isn't displaying colors the same way that windows is.

    Windows may be pretty close to the print, but OSX isn't. How is that not a calibration issue? If they're not the same, they're not calibrated. Somehow I doubt that there's going to be an option somewhere in OSX that will "make it match windows".
     
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    Depends on how you define calibration. I know what the issue is after doing some search online and looking at the OSX setting. It is the problem with the OSX color profile. It is only supporting one profile type called "color LCD" profile and it pretty much boost all saturation by 20%. So my workaround is to increase saturation of all my photos (under OSX) by 20% after i'm satisifed with the result. I've then check the boosted version and it looks very close to the image (without the saturation boost) in OSX. Find out this workaround when i change the color setting in photoshop. There is a setting where you can change the saturation level of the displayed image and when i select desaturate by 20% it looks like the pale version in windows. So agian, for those who are in the same pain as i do, you can use this method as a workaround until you find a better solution.

    For those who are experience with color setting, please help. Thanks!
     
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    Calibration is adjusting and setting to a standard. What standard is up to you. In your case, the standard is your Windows OS, thus you are indeed calibrating the OSX to your Windows OS standard.
     
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    you are correct and that's exactly what i did (more or less...i adjusted the color setting in photoshop)....in my case...the calibration is to adjust OSX to match the output of windows...however....i think the calibration the previous poster is referring to is hardware calibration using a color calibration device....which why i say is probably not the way to solve the problem in my case....in general, the word calibration without any context is pretty much meaningless......is like saying....."you can fix the problem by finding the right solution"....so what is the solution?...LOL
     
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    I used to do web design and 100% of the time, windows machines were 'darker' than the Mac. We'd always have to test our sites on pc's before making them live because of this. I think it has something to do with windows itself, not the graphics card.
     
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    I don't think it's a calibration issue.. Try saving the photo in sRGB mode.
     
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    help - sRGB versus Adobe RGB (1998)- powered by SmugMug

    You have an image shot in Adobe RGB which doesn't play nice with windows machines. I actually had some confusion about this with my old trusty Olympus E1 back in the day. I had it set to Adobe RGB because I read it had a broader color space that I wanted to use for some commercial work and it took me forever to figure out why the images on my mac looked great, while the images seen on a PC, the internet and the printed profs looked like crap. Just use sRGB. The link from smugmug pretty much explains it all.
     
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