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NB This article does not attempt to cover printing. There are plenty of articles and Youtube videos around that cover this topic once you have achieved colour consistency in Photoshop.


We set out with the objectives of:
Avoiding oversaturated internet images when viewed on wide gamut screens. To be able to load images to the Internet to be viewed correctly by anyone regardless of what gamut monitor or which internet browser they use.

To get images to look correct on our wide gamut monitor in Photoshop regardless of colourspace used.

The solutions identified

1. Set your camera to aRGB if using jpeg . If using RAW it doesn't matter as this is assigned by the RAW converter.

2. Set Adobe Camera RAW to aRGB so all future images open in aRGB and you will be seeing your images at their best with maximum colours and gradations.

3. Calibrate and recalibrate your monitor periodically using an external measuring device such as a Datacolor Spyder4 or equivalent. Thereby produce a monitor-specific profile that may be saved and will open automatically each time you start your computer. Make a note (copy and paste is simplest) of the location of the path to this profile on your computer as it will be necessary when you come to add the Firefox Extension in 7 below.

4. Set Photoshop to manage in the aRGB colour space in Edit > Color Settings as described in colour management 3

5. Set Adobe Camera Raw to move and tag images into the aRGB colourspace upon conversion into Photoshop.

6. When using the Internet, only use Firefox as your browser for the time-being as it is currently the only decent colour-managed browser but this is changing as others see the error of their ways. By the time this is written, Safari may be OK but I haven't checked this.

7. For the time being you need to add the Firefox Colour Management Extension to Firefox in order to address the issue of correctly handling untagged images. Hopefully Firefox will eventually incorporate this feature without having to use the extension.

8. When saving an image for web, is is imperitive to tick the convert to sRGB and Embed to profile boxes. Otherwise some images will appear washed out on sRGB monitors and others will appear oversaturated on a wide gamut monitor. Never post an aRGB image onto the internet.

9. f you can understand this summary and put every step into place you will be rewarded with accurate colour. If any stage is unclear I suggest you read the previous four parts of this article carefully as all is explained.

Additional note.

There may still be situations when you will see oversaturated images on your new monitor. For example, within non colour-managed software on your wide gamut computer screen.
I encounter this problem when I use Dreamweaver for preparing my website for example. Maybe later versions are colour managed, but I can't find where anywhere to set preferences in my old Dreamweaver8.

The only workaround that I have been able to find for these circumstances is to either ignore the oversaturation in the knowledge that the images will look fine once posted on the internet, or to set the screen mode temporarily to sRGB (if it has one.)

Good luck and enjoy your new monitor !