How to Fix Photos Using Photoshop & GIMP

Learn How to Fix Photos Using Photoshop and GIMP

Posted on June 30, 2016

As photographers, we always want to click the best shot using high-quality digital cameras and capture moments which fascinate us. But as most other professional photographers will tell you, most of the times when we try to upload our images over the internet, they do not look the same. There is a huge difference in the color palette and the overall look of the original and uploaded picture. If you have been struggling with the same, this post will help you with some easy hacks that you can use to fix your photos which look different when uploaded online. But in order to be able to fix the pictures; we will first need to understand what a color profile is.

Color Profile – What is it?

Color profiles, also known as ICC Profiles, include a set of information embedded within different image files which are then translated into separate colors that appear when you view the picture on screen or when it is printed out. While it seems very simple for a picture to look colorful, but in digital labs, things are a little complicated. There is an array of color models such as HSL, RGB, CMYK etc. Also, while a computer screen is capable of showing 24 million different colors, an inkjet printer is only able to display half of them. This is why, when you print a picture, the colors look different, and sometimes, washed out.

How to Fix the Pictures Using Photoshop?

Using professional digital imaging and enhancement software such as Photoshop to fix the colors of the picture as per your liking is not a difficult task.

In the Photoshop software menu, navigate to “Edit” and then select “Convert to Profile”. It will not change the base colors of the picture, but, will translate them into a standard color profile, so that, when you upload the pictures, the color profile remains the same and thus, the pictures will not look different as there will be no change in the color profile of the local and the uploaded picture.

On the flip side, if you choose the option “Assign Profile”, it will keep the values of the color profile same as original while allowing the pictures to be run through a different color profile’s filter and this is what your web browser also does. As a result, the pictures look different online.

So, always select the option “Convert to Profile”. After that, select the profile “sRGB IEC61966-2.1” under the “Destination Space” option. Press OK and now your picture is perfectly ready to be viewed with the intended colors you had in mind.

How to Fix the Pictures Using GIMP?

It is also very simple to edit pictures in the GIMP program. All you need to do is open the file, and then select “Image”, then “Mode” and then the option indicating “Convert the Color Profile”. You can either use the profile you have downloaded or simply select “sRGB”. Press the “Convert” button and your image is ready to be uploaded. Since GIMP is a free and open source photo editor, many aspiring photographers can make use of this tool in order to get started with uploading visually arresting and eye-catching images.

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