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« on: May 14, 2013, 01:16:37 AM »
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It's been a year now that Google Chrome has gotten problems with color management.

Every once in a while Google Chrome loses the ability to color manage content and shows all web images in a horrible, greenish/brown way.

Here's an old thread to this: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=66606.0

Why does this not get fixed? It usually goes away after a couple of hours - but is this necessary?
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 08:12:07 AM »
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I that other thread, the general recommendation seemed to be to use Firefox instead. I do and it works fine for me. When I compare the colours between the web galleries I prepare directly from Lightroom with their "viewed" versions in Firefox, they are extremely close.
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2013, 01:57:33 PM »
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At the time of the original post, the only way to make Chrome present decent looking images was to edit a command line in its Properties tab.  That made it at least use the system monitor profile, which really helped wide gamut monitors.  Unfortunately, whenever Chrome updated itself, which it did silently, the command line modification would be undone and ugly colors would return.

But now Chrome seems to automatically manage color quite well, especially when the images are "tagged" or "embedded" with a sRGB profile.  And in the most recent versions it can even sometimes present un-tagged images nicely, which is something Firefox has done for years.

My current version of Chrome does not seem to exhibit periodic color management failures and recoveries, so I can only guess you are sometimes visiting sites that have un-tagged images, or perhaps Chrome is not automatically updating on your system, possibly due to security settings.

Chrome is a rapidly evolving work, with frequent silent updates.  For the most part, those updates have been for the better.

FWIW if you save images for the web using PS's Save For Web, be sure to always check the "Embed Color Profile" box, and if you have not already done so, check the "Convert to sRGB" box.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 07:59:52 AM »
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especially when the images are "tagged"

What the browser needs to do is assign sRGB to anything untagged. That's the only way display color management can happen. If there's no embedded profile, how do you convert <nothing> to <display profile>?

This is what Firefox mode 1 does (conceptually much like Photoshop's working space), and why it's the only browser worth considering for anyone with a wide gamut monitor. It's better for standard gamut monitors too, because you get real color management instead of "close enough". And it doesn't just do this to images. It does that to all webpage elements.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2013, 11:20:19 AM »
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I just compared - color management still does not work in Google Chrome. It's an ugly greenish tint.

How can it be, that in 2013 a browser is unable to show the correct colors? With this, Chrome is six years behind the competition.

I've had patience for quite a while, but Google doesn't seem to be bothered by ugly colors, so I will be switching to either Safari or Firefox.
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