May 15, 2005

Photoshop Phrusrations

Situations beyond my control have meant that I’m not able to be around my work station as much as I would like. I’d usually work well into the night, but I’ve not been able to do that for the past few weeks, nor will I be able to for the next several weeks. I have been working on a new piece of artwork, but because of the limited amount of time that I have to work on it each day, it’s taking much longer to finish than I’d like it to.

For the longest time I’ve been struggling with getting an image that I worked on in Photoshop looking like I want it to when it’s saved. There’s always a huge difference in colour between what I see in Photoshop and how the image turns out when I save it for use on my website. It has something to do with this complicated system of ICC Colour Profiles. I’ve tried everything to get Photoshop thinking about colour the same way that everything else does, trying to work on a picture and save it as a .jpg or whatever without any surprises in between. I thought that I had it figured out before I started my latest piece, but after finishing it and saving it, it turned out looking really weak. All the punch I had in the colour was faded and washed out. What’s the deal?

I can’t understand why this has to be so frustrating. How are you supposed to even know if it’s right or not? Nothing I’ve read on the subject can explain it in plain English. I know the monitor is set up properly, and I was positive that Photoshop had been set up to display colour just like everything else. Yet when I look at this picture, I’m not looking at the same thing I worked on. There’s got to be an easy way to make it so that the picture will look like it’s supposed to no matter what software or monitor or colour setting or whatever other variations get in the way, because this is ridiculous.

I know that this is some really advanced stuff, but I If anyone out there knows what I’m talking about and has any tips, I’d really like to hear from you.

All this amounts to is me having to spend even more time tweaking a picture that I’ve already spent far too long working on. Bloody Hell.



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