Washed out colors in Photoshop (Mac OS X)

Under Web Design on March 21st, 2008 with 3 comments

If you ever designed and sliced a website mockup in Photoshop running on Mac OS X then you probably faced this: you have prepared the slices and you have exported them but the result looks a bit washed out, especially on Windows. This is not a misfuction or a bug as many tend to believe; this is how things are supposed to work.

If you google it, you will come across a large number of suggestions on how to resolve it. However, just a minor subset of them are completely solid, thus providing a concrete solution.

Dave Shea on mezzoblue writes about it. Despite the fact that he briefly analyses the phenomenon not only you can get a good idea why this happens, but you can read the best solution that I have ever tried. In brief, Dave Shea suggests to convert a sRGB profile prior to the slicing.

The single disadvantage is that the layers are erased upon the conversion so make sure to save a copy first.

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  1. Marios Tziortzis:

    Thanks Iacovos, that’s just what I needed!

  2. Iacovos: Author comment

    I am glad that I was able to help you Marios!

  3. hcabbos:

    Layers don’t get flattened unless you specify that happen. There’s an option to retain layers. Looks carefully at the dialog box.

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