Should I use Adobe RGB?

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  1. Senor Hound

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    If I'm taking shots, and taking them to the local drug store to get them processed, would I get more accurate color by using Adobe? I do use Photoshop, but I make my alterations as minimal as possible.

    As I understand it, Adobe more accurately reflects the color that an average printer can print out, so my photos would be more accurate of a representation than sRGB. Am I understanding this correctly?
     
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    The best answer is ask the place that's printing what colorspace they expect. If they use sRGB and you use adobe, it's not going to look right.
     
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    And if they look at you and don't know what you're talking about, go with sRGB?

    I seriously use the machines there at Walgreens. I know I can get better quality through other places, but the convenience outweighs the lack of quality, imo. I'm gonna assume they're sRGB?
     
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    Could also test print a few, one in each, but, uh, they should know.
     
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    Thanks for the great and speedy answers, Rufus. You are super-cool!
     
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    Just to complicate the issue...
    In all likelyhood, any profile you submit (in rgb format) will be converted to CYMK for print...
    So yeah - consult the printing lab...
    Jedo
     
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    If the lab is printing onto light-sensitive photo paper with RGB light sources (LEDs or lasers) then it will stay in RGB. This is the usual way that most labs print - especially those at the local drug store. Most inkjet printers behave as, and are calibrated as if they were RGB devices rather than CMYK devices - ie they are profiled as RGB devices and files should be submitted in an RGB space, as specified by the lab.

    Best,
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    If they look at yoj and don't know what you're talking about, print your pictures elsewhere.
     

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