Tips for Beauty Bloggers | Don’t forget about colour management!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Did you know that around 35% of computer users browse the internet on Chrome? And in some cases, of that 35%, exactly zero are viewing the same image that you spent so long getting internet-ready: Chrome doesn’t fully colour manage, and there’s no add-on or extension you can download to get it to do so.

Colour profiles

Above image: a Chrome-friendly rendition of YSL’s Spring creme blushers

Below image: what happened the first time I uploaded this image to theNotice!

There’s no perfect fix for this problem, I’m afraid, but it’s a good thing to keep in mind. Colour management lets users see more or less the same colours in an image despite differences in colour profiles, devices, etc., so when a fair few of your readers are seeing something totally different from what you’re seeing —

Well, you might want to double-check your colour settings when you save!

P.S. This is a great page for checking your browser for colour-management!

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25 Responses to “Tips for Beauty Bloggers | Don’t forget about colour management!”

  1. Great post. I didn't know that Chrome doesn't do that. I'll definitely be looking into this the next time I post swatches.

  2. mostlysunnybunny, on January 25th, 2013 at 5:01 am said:

    Oh wow, thanks for the heads-up, Rae! I use Chrome myself, and now I'm really wondering what everybody else sees… LOL
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  3. Woah! Thanks for the tip, that's really a massive difference!
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  4. Ok, now this is interesting to know! The difference is huge!
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  5. Arianne, on January 25th, 2013 at 11:39 am said:

    So… the question is… what colour settings do you use when you save? :) Thank you!
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  6. great tips thank you I am so glad to have found these things out will be very helpful in my blogging!

  7. Emi at Project Swatch, on January 25th, 2013 at 2:32 pm said:

    Thank you for posting this! I use Chrome myself, I should be testing things out in other browsers, I guess! I go to the trouble of using Lightroom & color correcting etc, but I don't save images a specific way – off to do research now!
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  8. Thank you for this info. I do use Chrome and so I guess I'll be checking out colors with other browsers. I so thought I was all set. :(
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  9. Hmmm! i just compared mine with chrome and safari, and they were the same! Interesting, and good to be aware of though!
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  11. casey23, on February 3rd, 2013 at 4:36 am said:

    Yes, what will we do for color management?

  12. hey! thanks for this. i just started blogging and am still trying to get a handle on it. this post was great!
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  13. Hope it helps with your photos, Angela! :)

  14. Haha, I know, right? But if you're already using Chrome, at least you know for sure it can't get any WORSE! :p

  15. Of course! :)

  16. I know! It always gets me — small variations are a bit of a bummer, but ones like this are just D:

  17. Save to a sRGB colour profile/RGB colour space (not a CMYK) and you should be OK! :)

  18. Np, gigi! :)

  19. As long as it looks OK to you in Chrome, the images should be fine! :)

  20. It doesn't get any worse than Chrome, hon! As long as what YOU see is okay, what everyone else sees will be OK, too ;)

  21. It's not usually an issue, I find, but every now and then it does crop up! Just depends on what colour profile the image uses on your computer.

  22. Glad you found it helpful, jenn! Good luck with your blog :)

  23. Emi at Project Swatch, on February 8th, 2013 at 2:25 pm said:

    Thanks! And I see above that saving to a sRBG color space the way to do it — that seems to be what Lightroom is preset to, so that's what I've been doing (at least since I started using Lightroom several months ago), so that's probably why my pictures look okay in Chrome :)
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  24. Thanks for the heads up! :) I find it's press pictures that usually contort themselves strangely — if images coming through Lightroom/iPhoto/etc save with the "right" presets, that's probably why so few bloggers notice the phenomenon!

  25. lifesentropy, on March 13th, 2013 at 3:14 am said:

    I had no clue that this problem existed. I always wondered why my pictures looked differently from my desktop to the internet. Now I know, thank you so much!!
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