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Dull colours in PS after new graphics card

5 Mar 2009 6:45PM
I've just got a new iiyama full hd 1920 x 1080 monitor. The colours have looked fine on it so far, but, I also got a new graphics card today - an His radeon hd2600 pro 256mb.
I installed the latest drivers and software for the card and although colours look fine on the desktop and online etc, both psd files and jpegs look very murky and desaturated in photoshop. Has anyone else had this sort of problem and knows a possible solution?

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Henchard Plus
11 2.7k 1 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2009 6:54PM
You haven't got Monitor RGB enabled in your PS Proof Setup have you? Just a thought.
5 Mar 2009 6:58PM
I'll look and see.
No - is that where you click view - proof colours? I haven't got it clicked, and it's setup for my printer and paper when I do click it. As far as I know I haven't made any changes at all in PS. The only changes have been the card and its software, but I'm not sure how to get rid of any of the software without risking losing the drivers for the card.
User_Removed 8 694 3 Scotland
5 Mar 2009 7:07PM
Have a look in the graphics card settings, you may find some colour management has been enabled automatically and is fighting with photoshop.
5 Mar 2009 7:12PM
I'm looking through everything I can find in the card's software and settings. There's nothing obvious yet.
5 Mar 2009 7:32PM
Pictures and colours look fine in windows explorer too.
User_Removed 8 694 3 Scotland
5 Mar 2009 7:42PM
Clutching at straws...

Can you check what profile is associated with the pics on photoshop.

Can you print a small pic to see if the problem exists with printing as well.
5 Mar 2009 7:50PM
How do I check the profile associated with the pics on photoshop?
Yes, I'll try a print.
5 Mar 2009 8:01PM
The prints look the same, and strangely even when I do a print preview it shows the proper colours, so it is definitely just something about the way the colours are displayed within photoshop - not even its preview screen - although I guess that's the printer's software providing the preview.
User_Removed 8 694 3 Scotland
5 Mar 2009 8:03PM
Photoshop / edit / convert to profile
Let me know what it says in the top box (source space)
5 Mar 2009 8:07PM
Ah, I see. It's srgb... like it always is on my system. I shoot in srgb because my printers like them that way.
User_Removed 8 694 3 Scotland
5 Mar 2009 8:14PM
Shooting in sRGB, thats another small can of worms. My own opinion is to shoot in Adobe RGB and then convert to sRGB if needed. Adobe RGB has a higher colour gamut and can handle more colours. Converting to sRGB actually cuts down the number of available colours so I only use this for web pages, posting on here etc.

Anyway that is not the cause of your problem as the difference between the two colour spaces is not that marked, certainly not enough to make pics seem muddy.

Not sure what else to suggest. Incidently photoshop shows the print preview based on the picture colours versus the colours the printer can print.
5 Mar 2009 8:16PM
I've just uninstalled some of the graphics software whilst hopefully keeing the drivers. I need to restart to see if it's done any good. Thanks for the help.
User_Removed 8 694 3 Scotland
5 Mar 2009 8:16PM
Probably worth joining the Adobe forum and posting the problem. I have had great advice in the past and the chances are that some else has had the same problem.

Good luck Smile
5 Mar 2009 8:19PM
I've googled the problem and peeped in the adobe forum, but it's quite a specific issue to google. That may well be my next move if I don't sort it out myself soon. Thanks again.

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