Feb 14 2010

Why does Photoshop hate me?

Published by at 11:31 am under Art

I was doing my sample pages on Photoshop today and they looked fairly sober. When uploaded, they look like Pokemon on LSD.  Emily was having similar problems.  Any ideas?

UPDATE: The problem was that we were saving the files as CYMK rather than RGB. CYMK is the default setting on Photoshop because it prints out more cleanly, but uploading CYMK photos can cause color distortion. If you’re suffering from similar problems, go to Image > Mode > RGB in Photoshop.

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8 Responses to “Why does Photoshop hate me?”

  1. Emilyon 14 Feb 2010 at 12:15 pm

    With Pokemon’s popularity and LSD’s hallucinogenic properties, we may well be on to a winner here, you never know. 😛 Anyway, we’ll soon see if my fix worked. 🙁 Poxy thing.

  2. Lighting Manon 14 Feb 2010 at 12:24 pm

    One suggestion that occurs to me would be trying to save them in PNG format, blog posts like this (http://jiwhite.blogspot.com/2005/10/resolving-flickr-color-saturation-loss.html) suggest that problems arise from Flickr’s handling of JPEGs. Just an idea though, sorry that y’all are having the trouble you are.

  3. J Clarkon 14 Feb 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Your proof setup (under the View menu) could be set wrong. If you’re looking at CMYK on your screen (Photoshop’s approximation of CMYK, actually), and then you upload it where it will be viewed as RGB (which is what computer monitors operate in), that can happen. CMYK, by its nature, shows bright colors as far more muted than RGB does.

    Try changing it to Monitor RGB (or Macintosh RGB or Windows RGB, as appropriate) if it isn’t, see if that helps.

  4. B. Macon 14 Feb 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for your help, LM and JC. When I saved the files as RGB instead of CYMK and uploaded those instead, that fixed the problem. (If anyone else is having similar problems, go to Image -> Mode -> RGB Color in Photoshop).

  5. J Clarkon 15 Feb 2010 at 5:08 am

    Ah, well I was close. Same problem (RGB vs. CMYK), different cause (mode vs. proof setup). I’ll never forget the time years ago I had a poster printed, and my delicate lighting effects were rendered muted and just blah (the opposite of your problem here). I learned the difference between CMYK and RGB the hard way that day.

    Glad I could be of some help!

  6. Luna Jamniaon 24 Feb 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I actually kinda think it looks cool that way.

  7. Luna Jamniaon 24 Feb 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Or, well, Agent Orange’s skin/hide/scales color anyhow.

  8. B. Macon 24 Feb 2010 at 11:54 pm

    If you’re inclined to see more radioactively-bright pages, you can see all five here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/25968797@N06/4357035236/sizes/l/ , http://www.flickr.com/photos/25968797@N06/4358560188/sizes/l/ , http://www.flickr.com/photos/25968797@N06/4356288883/sizes/l/ , http://www.flickr.com/photos/25968797@N06/4357035842/sizes/l/ , and http://www.flickr.com/photos/25968797@N06/4357034670/sizes/o/ .

    I’ll probably remove these from Flickr because I’m running out of upload space (I’m at 180 out of 200). So, if you’d like to hold onto these, I’d recommend saving them to your computer.

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