I am new to open source software and wish to get my colour management as accurate as possible. I have settled on darktable and Gimp and have read up as much as I can on how to set them up. I’d be really interested to get the opinions on my workflow setup from those of you who have a lot more experience with these programs.
I use a MacBook running OS X 10.11.6 and have darktable 2.2.5 and Gimp 2.8.22. My main interest is putting images on the web.
I profiled my monitor using the Apple Display Calibrator Assistant and while I appreciate that it isn’t terribly sophisticated, it’s not an adjustable standalone monitor and actually, if I open a test image in Preview or in Gimp, it looks pretty good.
I profiled my camera, a Nikon D90, using the procedure outlined in Elle Stone’s excellent article on Profiling Your Digital Camera on her Nine Degrees Below website.
My settings are:
Input Color Profile: My Nikon D90 profile
Output Color Profile: sRGB-elle-V4-srgbtrc.icc (equivalent to the Gimp 2.8 working space)
RGB Profile: None
Monitor profile: sRGB IEC61966-2.1*
- I’m using this because if I use my monitor profile, when I open a file in Gimp it looks the same as it did in darktable but when I export it to a jpeg and view it in Preview or on a website via a browser, it looks desaturated. If I use this profile, when I open the file in Gimp, it appears desaturated right away, then if I process it to look right, then it exports OK.
Is this what you would expect to happen? Am I using the settings to best advantage? Any ideas for improvement?