Tip - Enabling Color Management in Google Chrome

I just figured out something that I should have figured out long ago. But never late then never.

The problem was that I just couldn't figure out why the thumbnails of my images always seemed darker on Dreamstime. I thought it was something in way DT processed the images, but other contributors didn't seem to have this problem.

I use a color calibration device on my monitor. And I export into sRGB as suggested. But still my thumbnails always seemed darker than what I was developing in Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop.

The solution I discovered was that LR and PS are color managed programs while the browsers used to view web pages are not always color managed.

"Color management is the technique of achieving consistent colors across various imaging-devices. So, whether you are editing the photograph in Photoshop or viewing the same photograph on your cellphone or printing it out on paper — it should look the same on all media. However in reality there’s quite a difference when you view the same image on your PC and on your TV. Achieving color-consistency calls for color-management awareness."

Enabling color management in Google Chrome occurs not in the browser options but in the launching of the browser. Here is how to do it:

1. Right-click Google Chrome desktop shortcut and select Properties.

2. Append ––enable-monitor-profile to the path in the Target field and click OK.

Here is a image of what it should look like: LINK

Some other browsers such as newer versions of FireFox and Safari are already color managed and don't need enabling.

The lesson for myself is to view the thumbnails in several different browsers. I'd love to hear from others and their experiences with color management.

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April 20, 2012

Afagundes

You have to add it in double quotes and with a space, check this Link

March 31, 2012

Wordplanet

I've always been told to use the Adobe RGB color space, not sRGB but it seems like more and more printers and people want the smaller sRGB space.
I color manage my photos but I'm sure many pepople purchasing a license for them and those viewing them propbably don't have color calibrated monitors.
Goood hint on Google Chrome - I haven't tried it yet - do you find it bettert than Firefox?

March 28, 2012

Celiaak

I noticed huge differences between 3 different computers I use. I'll try your suggestion to see if I see the same differences.

March 26, 2012

Egomezta

Thanks for sharing this tip.

March 26, 2012

M4rio1979

useful, thanks!!!

March 26, 2012

Dmccale

thanks for this info

March 26, 2012

Zenonk

Firefox also supports color management via plugins
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/color-management/

March 26, 2012

Peanutroaster

Miraclemoments - I had to try it a few different ways - one hyphen, one space, no space etc. I think it worked with only one hyphen. The main point I think is that every computer will see the images slightly different. Good idea to test it out on different screens and with different browsers.

March 26, 2012

Miraclemoments

Thanks...tried this but it keeps giving me an error regarding file path etc...will scratch around more

March 26, 2012

Peanutroaster

I downloaded Safari, I'm thinking a lot of designers probably use Apple computers. Worth looking at the images in multiple browsers.

March 26, 2012

Birksphotography

I use Chrome also and I tried your suggestion. After looking again at my online files compared to my local archive of the same files it does appear that the thumbs on the site are a little brighter and the colors are better matched. However, there isn't a large change between the two, which is good I'm thinking.

Thank you for the tip, I'll be watching this to see if more differences show up.

March 26, 2012

Birksphotography

I use Chrome also and I tried your suggestion. After looking again at my online files compared to my local archive of the same files it does appear that the thumbs on the site are a little brighter and the colors are better matched. However, there isn't a large change between the two, which is good I'm thinking.

Thank you for the tip, I'll be watching this to see if more differences show up.

March 26, 2012

smartview27

Thanks for sharing .

March 25, 2012

TMarchev

I use Safari... tnx:)

March 24, 2012

Teabum

Thanks for sharing. I'll check it out :)

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