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I am confused with what colour profiles I should be using where, as when I upload any of my designs online or try emailing them over to clients sometimes they are fine... but most times they show up fluorescent or funny coloured... please help!

Thanks in advance :) Stephanie Bertenshaw

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Can you provide perhaps a screenshot of Photoshop showing how this is supposed to look? –  JohnB May 2 at 13:07
What are you emailing/uploading? Native files or conversions to JPG/PNG/whatever? –  Andrew Leach May 2 at 13:09
@JohnB But wouldn't that screenshot then go "neon"? –  SaturnsEye May 2 at 14:24
@SaturnsEye not sure, but I suspect a screenshot wouldn't. Going on the assumption that this is an export issue based on the tag being utilized –  JohnB May 2 at 14:29
@JohnB Hmm true.. if they use Windows they could use the Snipping Tool as save directly from that program. –  SaturnsEye May 2 at 14:44

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Are you using Save for Web?

If so I would double check that the RGB profile settings are set to sRGB and tick the "Convert to sRGB" option in Save for Web. Make sure you have not set Photoshop's color settings to your Monitor RGB.

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The web is all sRGB all the way. If you upload an image created in ProPhoto or Adobe RGB, it will show on the web as if it were sRGB. The result is a large or small color change, depending on the image. This is guaranteed to happen if your image doesn't have an embedded color profile; there are few circumstances in which a color profile will be acknowledged.

You can get some experience with this effect by doing a little experimenting in Photoshop. Open an image and use Edit > Assign Profile (not Convert to Profile) to switch among different color profiles. Do this with a few different images and you'll learn to recognize the effect when you see it. If your default color profile is Adobe RGB and you download an image from the web (say, in a Google image search), it almost certainly won't have a color profile embedded. Open that in Photoshop and you'll see the colors, especially skin tones, look too rich, too red. Now assign an sRGB color profile, and you'll instantly see the difference.

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This answer adds a lot of value to an otherwise almost stereotypical 'Adobe Help Center' question. You haven't just answered the question, but instead as usual, you've shared information that creates a deeper understanding than the straightforward how-to-fix-it answer, probably learnt the time-consuming hard way. +1 :) –  DumbNic May 2 at 20:52
Many questions which seem elementary are great jumping-off points from which to impart a little insight or understanding. A literal answer -- just answering the exact question asked -- would be pretty short, and wouldn't have a lot of value. It's an ancient principle that if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. –  Alan Gilbertson May 3 at 1:34

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