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Hi all, I have been a photographer and designer for 25 years and I still simply don't understand color pretty much at all. I export from Alien Skin Exposure and take a JPG into Publisher and it looks like the first screenshot. I then look at it in XNView and it looks like the second but the images as they came out of Exposure look right as in screenshot 3. What's going on? Are there any color resources for people for whom the topic makes their head hurt?

Thanks for any help!

Phil

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15 minutes ago, Phil_rose said:

Are there any color resources for people for whom the topic makes their head hurt?

Color management & quality output by Tom P Ashe is a pretty good book, tailored towards photographers. It references Adobe apps, but Affinity is essentially the same so it all makes sense.

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4 hours ago, Phil_rose said:

Hi all, I have been a photographer and designer for 25 years and I still simply don't understand color pretty much at all. I export from Alien Skin Exposure and take a JPG into Publisher and it looks like the first screenshot. I then look at it in XNView and it looks like the second but the images as they came out of Exposure look right as in screenshot 3. What's going on? Are there any color resources for people for whom the topic makes their head hurt?

Thanks for any help!

Phil

You don't need to read books for making this work! :) 

Here is some theory you need to read but do continue and read it afterwards perhaps: 
https://affinityspotlight.com/article/display-colour-management-in-the-affinity-apps/

To the point:

  • Serif use the monitor profile that is installed and configured in Windows/OS X automatically (this profile tells programs how to display colors on your monitor)
  • You need to configure XNView to use the same monitor profile

In a professional setup you use a device to measure the actual colours that are displayed on your screen to generate a monitor profile. Do you by any chance have a wide gamut monitor?

I hope this thread will help:

Windows itself is NOT colour managed. Misery. Every single program needs to be colour managed. When one program is and another one isn't then viewing the same image in both programs results in different colors. You will get these wildly saturated colours on a wide gamut monitor when the program is not using the monitor profile.

PSST assuming here that the profile installed in Windows is the correct one. Looks like it.

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