January 2nd, 2013
Cal Mitchener of Charlotte, NC sent me the two photos to the right that demonstrate a problem he was having uploading photos to his local MLS. The left side shows how the image looked that he was sending to his client and the right side showed what the image looked like after the agent uploaded the image to the MLS. What’s going on here?
What’s a color profile:
- The International Color Consortium (ICC) has a standard called a ICC Profile that defines the rules for managing color on i/o devices such as cameras, scanners, printers and monitors.
- Color profiles you should know about are:
- Adobe RGB and ProPhotoRGB: Color profiles used in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – primarily for preparing images for print.
- sRGB: (stands for Stupid RGB) the color profile used by most web browsers to display images on the web.
- When Cal exported the photos for upload to the MLS he exported the photos with ProPhotoRGB color profile.
- MLSs typically assume files are sRGB and if they aren’t the colors end up looking washed out like Cal’s does above.
- Pay special attention to make sure the images you create that are destined to be uploaded to an MLS or other website are converted to the sRGB colorspace when you export them from Lightroom or save them in Photoshop.
- In Photoshop when you “Save for Web” make sure the Convert to sRGB check box is checked.
- In Lightroom during Export make sure the Colorspace is set to sRGB in the File Settings section of the Export dialogbox.
Thanks Cal for sharing this issue with everyone!