If I were a betting man, I would have put money down that the 10.4.2 update would fix the color profile problem in iPhoto 5. Good thing I’m not. The problem persists.
For those of you who haven’t been hit upside the head with this annoyance yet, it goes something like this:
- Your digital camera records your .jpg photos using the sRGB color profile. It does this because that’s the industry standard. If you send your image to photo service, it will come back looking pretty much as you expected.
- If, however, you edit your photo in iPhoto 5, the color profile for that picture is changed to Generic RGB. What does that mean? Depending on the type of picture, you can get unexpected results when you output the photo. If you want to see the difference in color spaces, launch the ColorSync Utility in your Utilities folder, click on the Profiles tab, then compare the sRGB and the Generic RGB profiles. It isn’t huge — just enough to be irritating.
- The upshot is that if you want to stay with the sRGB profile, you can’t edit in iPhoto 5. You have to use an external app such as Photoshop.
I have to say, I’m scratching my head over this one. Apple has provided us with this cool Adjust Panel in iPhoto 5, yet many of us can’t use it because of the color profile bug. I’m teaching a half day Mac Tools for Digital Photographers Lab at Macworld Boston on Thursday, and I was really hoping that this problem would be fixed so I could include iPhoto’s image editing in some of my workflows.
Maybe next year…
If anyone has any insight as to why this problem persists, or a good workaround for it, please post.