I've done search after search, messed with color profiles, image color management, etc, but I still find that when I simply print screen and paste it in Adobe Photoshop CS3, I get a much lighter image. It even looks like it has less colors, or JPEG compression artefacts.

I've tried flipping between sRGB, Macintosh RGB modes etc. If I paste the screen capture in windows paint, it's absolutely fine. Any ideas?

  • can you show, screen shot how it looks like in PS.
    – Jack
    Aug 20, 2012 at 13:20
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    I laughed when you said Windows Paint.
    – o_O
    Aug 21, 2012 at 3:00
  • Notepad, MSPaint, the vanilla tools sometimes do the job ;)
    – MeshMan
    Aug 21, 2012 at 8:09

2 Answers 2


Have you tried using File > Open ... rather than paste? There can be some issues with the clipboard. It could also be your color proofing settings.


I uninstalled my monitors color profiles (it only had one), and now everything is working fine. The colors on both my monitors match and don't screw up when pasting screen captures.

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