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#116152 19-Apr-2013 16:07
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I have a problem today with exporting an image from Lightroom that I haven't experienced before.
The image looks fine in Lightroom (of course) but the exported .tif or .jpg looks awful in both the default Windows Photo Viewer and in the Chrome browser uploaded to Facebook.

The same exported .jpg looks fine if I open it in either Irfanview or Faststone Image Viewer on the same computer.

I guess it's probably all to do with profiles and such, and I've tried both the 'sRGB' and 'ProPhoto RGB' when exporting from Lightroom with no change in results.

What can I do?

The bad looking version seems to have extra reddish and greenish tints in areas.

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  #802372 19-Apr-2013 16:25
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Make sure it's sRgb. Rule of thumb is use sRgb for everything until you can explain to an expert why you need a different color space - and don't go by rumours like "adobe/profoto has more colors" - there are up sides and down sides.

Windows tools never used to be color managed, so you never trust what they show you.

Is your monitor calibrated? What calibrator did you use?

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  #802374 19-Apr-2013 16:26
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Thats browser and colour profile display for you. Some browsers adhere to embedded, some like system ICCs. (there are plugins to change these)

Just remember the rest of the world has uncalibrated monitors and usually use IE.

I've learnt to comprimise. Brighten/over expose in LR, and although it looks crap to me, other work/friends screens show them fine.

Make sure for FB to export to FB size out of the box since their compression is pita and can make them darker too. 960px long edge and 72dpi (sharpen for screen - high)

The windows viewer is the same, usually system profile and makes colours and brightness wash out.
sRGB all the way if thats what the camera takes them in. Its the changing modes that will cause this mess too.

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