[Digikam-users] Re: Using digiKam to develop professional photos

Knut Krause knut.krause at lagom.de
Wed Nov 24 14:45:15 CET 2010


if I set my workspace profile to AdobeRGB do I have to enable or disable the 
color managed view in the editor then? I'm completely confused. I think what I 
want is: encode the image in AdobeRGB and view it as sRGB, or? How do I get 

Before I spent a whole lot of money in poster size development I would like to 
understand what I do ;)


On Friday 19 November 2010 12:07:48 Marcel Wiesweg wrote:
> > I just started to learn about developing photos and now the big moment is
> > near and I want to print a photo in poster size.
> > 
> > I got the image here as a Canon RAW (*.cr2) file and I try to get the
> > very best out of it using digiKam.
> > 
> > Is there somewhere a nice howto for a professional workflow using
> > digiKam?
> > 
> > AFAIK has the RAW image no color space so I think the first step would
> > involve to convert it to AdobeRGB, or? Do I do this during the RAW import
> > selecting the "work color space"?
> If you want to work in AdobeRGB, set this as the workspace profile in
> digikam's settings. The color management settings for RAW import are
> somewhat separate, easiest is that you set the output profile to Adobe RGB
> as well. If you specify "no" input profile, libraw will do its best to get
> the colors. For the perfect result, you'd need an input profile specific
> to your camera.
> > Do I have an AdobeRGB image then? I tried this once and the metadata says
> > unkown color profile.
> You need to look at the color tab in the right sidebar
> > The next question: Since sRGB is used for computer
> > display and AdobeRGB would simply look "wrong" do I have to enable the
> > color managed view or disable it during my work?
> Yes. In the editor, you can switch it on and off and see that the colors
> will be slightly desaturated without it. It's much more obvious with
> wide-gamut profiles. The output is simply wrong.
> Isn't color-managed view enabled by default?
> (again, for the perfect result, you'd need an output profile specific for
> your screen. If you dont have the necessary hardware device, or a cheap
> notebook LCD, then sRGB should be good enough. I'm using sRGB here as
> well)
> Marcel
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