• Monday , 25 May 2020

sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB: Which to Use and Why?

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Have you ever been confused about which color space you should use and wondered what the differences are? This video will help you understand, and most importantly, choose the correct one. 

When you’re working in software such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, you may have seen different color profile options you can choose (also known as working spaces or color spaces). In fact, when you create a new document in Photoshop or click Edit > Color Settings > Working Spaces > RGB, there are actually 16 options you can choose from. However, the three most common choices are:

  1. sRGB
  2. Adobe RGB (1998)
  3. ProPhoto RGB

However, which one you choose will depend on a number of variables and understanding those options is vital in order to get the best color representation of your image for the eyes of your viewers. In this video by Phlearn, Aaron Nace walks you through the three main color profiles and breaks down their nuances and which might be most suitable for you, depending on your circumstances. 

An example of what you’ll learn through this video is that it’s best for you to use sRGB if you’re planning on uploading your images to social media or online apps. That’s because apps and internet browsers use the sRGB color profile as their default setting, and using other color profiles could compromise the true representation of your image as you wish to show it. 

This is a very helpful video, as it clearly allows you to get your head around which color space you should use in any given situation. What about you? Which color space do you prefer and what has been your experience tinkering with different options? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 

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