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mojo004 May 22, 2004 12:24 AM

Im confused as to which color space I should be using for the best results. My camera (Minolta A2) offers multiple RGB modes (sRGB is the default, Adobe RGB and embeded Adobe RGB). I regularly edit my photos using Adobe Elements 2 and print on an Epson 2200. As I become more experienced with Adobe I plan to upgrade to Photoshop CS. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Onyx May 22, 2004 3:45 AM

Ask yourself this: what's more important to you - the final printed result or the electronic image?

If the goal of your photography is to output to print, including all the subtle colour variations your printer is capable of reproducing,AdobeRGB has a wider colour gamut to facilitate this.

However, this wider gamut of colours cannot be realised in any usable way if you're viewing it on your monitor, and even as you're editing it in PS, as your monitor would serve as the limitation. This is especially true with newer LCD monitors than can only display 65k colours in total (16bit), and interpolate colours upto (24bit) 16.7 million (ie. switch pixels on and off for the user to perceive an extended range of colours).

If you're not hyper sensitive about colour profiling and calibration of your monitor with printed output, I would suggest don't bother with with AdobeRGB as realistically there is little perceivable difference in colour range. Most of what's there is placebo - ie. if you work in AdobeRGB, you're likely to perceive you're getting better results and therefore probably end up happier with the result that you do get.

pianoplayer88key May 22, 2004 4:32 AM

I'm also wondering about editing pictures. Specifically, I'm trying to edit a picture / make a collage of pictures, and save it in a format compatible with my Canon S1 IS. I save it as a jpg with a file size of around 3800 x 3000 pixels (the manual says it can read files of up to 4064x3048 pixels in size) but it keeps saying incompatible jpeg format even when I try several different options. The file started out as a >100MB PSD, btw.

mojo004 May 23, 2004 1:14 AM

Thanks for the recomendation and practical approach. Im just into taking pictures and gettingthe best quality prints withoutgetting too technical. Thanks again.

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