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

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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  • 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.

  • mostlysunnybunny

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

  • Annick

    Woah! Thanks for the tip, that's really a massive difference!
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  • Ok, now this is interesting to know! The difference is huge!
    My recent post Dior Vernis in Ivory and Rouge Garconne

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

  • Arianne

    So… the question is… what colour settings do you use when you save? :) Thank you!
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    • casey23

      Yes, what will we do for color management?

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

  • gigi

    great tips thank you I am so glad to have found these things out will be very helpful in my blogging!

  • Emi at Project Swatch

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

      • Emi at Project Swatch

        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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        • 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!

  • 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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    • 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 ;)

  • 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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    • 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.

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  • 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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  • lifesentropy

    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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