Color space

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Sherrieo
Sherrieo Regular Member • Posts: 149
Color space

Sorry if this isn't the right thread! What color space should I be saving my files as for clients to go print themselves? Both on my editing software (light room and photoshop) and my camera? Thanks so much!

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Ron AKA Veteran Member • Posts: 4,875
Re: Color space

sRGB unless the client wants something different.

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Re: Color space

That's what I've been doing but wanted to make sure! Thanks Ron!!

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davidedric Veteran Member • Posts: 4,024
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+1 to Ron's reply

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Re: Color space

+2.

sRGB. The big 'thing' is to ensure everything is set the same. Camera, software, printer etc all in sRGB.

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Re: Color space

Very helpful! THank you so much!

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Jestertheclown
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Re: Color space

Sherrieo wrote:

Sorry if this isn't the right thread! What color space should I be saving my files as for clients to go print themselves?

You need to ask that question of your client.

If the client's going to get them printed at a professional printers, then you'll need to save the files in whatever colour space the client's printers want them saved at.

sRGB's the favourite for anything online and a lot of basic print shops use it by default but it's by no means the only one in use.

For example, the printers that I use actually send you colour profiles that you instal and apply to your files so that they can print them.

Both on my editing software (light room and photoshop) and my camera? Thanks so much!

Sherrie

As for software and your camera, a lot of people, myself included, prefer to do our editing using Adobe RGB, especially for prints.

I only convert my images to sRGB if they're intended to be used online.

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graybalanced Veteran Member • Posts: 5,565
Re: Color space

brucet wrote:

+2.

sRGB. The big 'thing' is to ensure everything is set the same. Camera, software, printer etc all in sRGB.

Well...only for those who don't want to get into the complexities of color management. Then it is better and easier to set everything to sRGB.

But there isn't any problem setting the camera to Adobe RGB if shooting raw, and using an app like Lightroom that will automatically keep all the raw colors and convert properly on export. As long as the Export is set to sRGB, it doesn't matter how it came in, it will come out sRGB for clients.

I'm just a big fan of keeping all the colors my expensive camera can shoot, since I already have a monitor and printer that exceed sRGB. I want to reproduce as many colors as possible on my equipment, and setting everything to sRGB would just be a waste.

But certainly, when work goes outside, it's gotta be sRGB or whatever the printer wants.

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