Windows 11, ART 1.20.2 (AMD Zen2 optimized build from @gaaned92 if it matters)
I just noticed something that I don’t think has been happening for a while (or I’d have noticed before)…
First, to answer potential questions:
My computer is color managed, my monitor is calibrated, ART is set up to use the system profile, etc., etc. While I’m not a color expert I understand the basics of color management, gamuts, models / spaces, etc.
To edit in the largest color space possible, I have ART’s working space as ProPhoto and I export to either ROMM RGB (if I’m doing further edits in Affinity Photo) or SRGB for web. Rendering intent is Perceptual. I generally use AMAZE demosaicing.
The reason I export to ROMM RGB (which is ProPhoto) is because Affinity Photo ships with ROMM RGB and there’s no way to configure ProPhoto as the default space. So, despite the fact that ProPhoto == ROMM RGB (it’s just a different name) there’s a conversion warning every time a ProPhoto image is opened. Exporting to directly to ROMM RGB avoids this.
So, what I’m seeing …
The colors in the ART image preview are more saturated than in the exported images, regardless of space. Said another way, exported images are slightly washed-out.
For example, here’s a screen capture of the ART preview:
And here’s a ROMM RGB export (other color space exports show the same results) – Look at the less-orange sky:
Yes, I know it’ll be displayed in SRGB in your browser, but you can save and view it with a wider-gamut program. Either way it’s noticeable.
I’m using the system (hardware) display profile in ART and elsewhere, FWIW. Which really doesn’t matter in a relative sense as everything is viewed on that same monitor, so there should be no relative difference (even if there’s an absolute inaccuracy), but whatever …
I’m working in ProPhoto, exporting to “ProPhoto” (under the name ROMM RGB).
My other apps are color managed and are not down-convering the color space. They’re also in ProPhoto / ROMM RGB.
I know there are many ways to alter colors, per se, but regardless – from what I understand – what I see in the preview should be the same as what I get in an exported image of the same size color space, right? So relatively speaking the two should match.
But here on the same monitor in every other program I have (Affinity Photo, GIMP, XnView MP, FastStone) the exports are washed-out by comparison. I’ve compared every way I can but the only “outlier” is the ART preview.
PLEASE NOTE - I’m not assuming there’s anything wrong with ART, but more likely I’ve misconfigured something. Any ideas?