Brand new to Lightroom, need some help with colors

Started Dec 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
Simon Garrett Veteran Member • Posts: 5,477
If your monitor isn't calibrated/profiled, it's always a bit hit-and-miss

It's always going to be a bit hit-and-miss if your monitor isn't calibrated and profiled (with a hardware colorimiter - Spyder, Color Munki etc).  This is because different programs (e.g. Lightroom and whatever you use to display the exported jpeg - windows photo viewer I think) will make different assumptions if there's no profile.

Try this: in Windows control panel, color management, set the display profile to be "sRGB IEC61966-2.1".  (First note what the default is now, so you can set it back if necessary.) sRGB won't be exactly right for your monitor, but it's about right for typical monitors and - more to the point - it's a well-formed profile.  Does that make any difference?

I recommend getting a colorimiter to calibrate and profile the monitor.  A Color Munki Display, for example, costs around $150-160.

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