Jump to content

Dull image colors in Paint.NET

Recommended Posts

Take a look at this image in Firefox and Internet Explorer/MS Paint/Paint.NET.

In Firefox 16.0.2 or even in ACDSee it looks much more vibrant:


In Internet Explorer 9/MS Paint/Paint.NET (on Windows 7 64-bit) however it looks quite dull in comparison and many colors also look completely different:


How can I make at least Paint.NET display the colors properly, like they do in Firefox and ACDSee?

Here's some technical information about the image:

ExifTool Version Number : 9.05

File Name : numeat_pg1.jpg

Directory : .

File Size : 1281 kB

File Modification Date/Time : 2012:11:14 06:48:45+05:30

File Access Date/Time : 2012:11:14 06:48:45+05:30

File Permissions : rw-rw-rw-

File Type : JPEG

MIME Type : image/jpeg

JFIF Version : 1.02

Exif Byte Order : Little-endian (Intel, II)

Compression : LZW

Photometric Interpretation : CMYK

Orientation : Horizontal (normal)

Samples Per Pixel : 4

X Resolution : 300

Y Resolution : 300

Planar Configuration : Chunky

Resolution Unit : inches

Software : Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh

Modify Date : 2009:11:24 11:39:46

Color Space : Uncalibrated

Exif Image Width : 753

Exif Image Height : 1130

Thumbnail Offset : 424

Thumbnail Length : 8043

Current IPTC Digest : 460cf28926b856dab09c01a1b0a79077

Application Record Version : 2

IPTC Digest : 460cf28926b856dab09c01a1b0a79077

Displayed Units X : inches

Displayed Units Y : inches

Global Angle : 30

Global Altitude : 30

Copyright Flag : False

Photoshop Thumbnail : (Binary data 8043 bytes, use -b option to extract)

Photoshop Quality : 10

Photoshop Format : Standard

Progressive Scans : 3 Scans

XMP Toolkit : Adobe XMP Core 4.1-c036 46.276720, Mon Feb 19 2007 22:13:43

Document ID : uuid:86F2476580DADE118414CEB96D2C8252

Instance ID : uuid:87F2476580DADE118414CEB96D2C8252

Native Digest : 256,257,258,259,262,274,277,284,530,531,282,283,296,301,318,319,529,532,306,270,271,272,305,315,33432;5845CA8BEE434E1A12E4DC06C8A7E272

Creator Tool : Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh

Create Date : 2009:11:24 11:39:46-08:00

Metadata Date : 2009:11:24 11:39:46-08:00

Format : image/jpeg

Color Mode : CMYK

ICC Profile Name : SWOP (Coated), 20%, UCR, 280%

History :

Derived From Instance ID : uuid:E269F3C87FDADE118414CEB96D2C8252

Derived From Document ID : uuid:D2CA5D9C5DD0DE11B0D7B511ADC90DF9

Profile CMM Type : ADBE

Profile Version : 2.1.0

Profile Class : Output Device Profile

Color Space Data : CMYK

Profile Connection Space : Lab

Profile Date Time : 2009:03:25 15:57:18

Profile File Signature : acsp

Primary Platform : Apple Computer Inc.

CMM Flags : Not Embedded, Independent

Device Manufacturer : none

Device Model :

Device Attributes : Reflective, Glossy, Positive, Color

Rendering Intent : Perceptual

Connection Space Illuminant : 0.9642 1 0.82489

Profile Creator : ADBE

Profile ID : 0

A To B0 : (Binary data 395328 bytes, use -b option to extract)

A To B1 : (Binary data 395328 bytes, use -b option to extract)

A To B2 : (Binary data 395328 bytes, use -b option to extract)

B To A0 : (Binary data 291144 bytes, use -b option to extract)

B To A1 : (Binary data 291144 bytes, use -b option to extract)

B To A2 : (Binary data 291144 bytes, use -b option to extract)

Profile Copyright : Copyright 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated

Profile Description : SWOP (Coated), 20%, UCR, 280%

Gamut : (Binary data 37009 bytes, use -b option to extract)

Media White Point : 0.9642 1 0.82489

DCT Encode Version : 100

APP14 Flags 0 : [14]

APP14 Flags 1 : (none)

Color Transform : YCCK

Image Width : 753

Image Height : 1130

Encoding Process : Baseline DCT, Huffman coding

Bits Per Sample : 8

Color Components : 4

Image Size : 753x1130

Thumbnail Image : (Binary data 8043 bytes, use -b option to extract)

(Doesn't this forum have a proper PRE tag? CODE messes up all spacing and so does QUOTE.)

I have many more images that behave like this, so please help!

Edited by PaintNetJack
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hello midora, thanks for the reply. I know nothing about color profiles. Since Paint.NET does not support them (whatever they are) and the image looks the same in IE 9/MS Paint, does it mean these apps also lack support? Also, does it mean Firefox/ACDSee have suport and are displaying the image correctly?

I do not have access to Photoshop. How can I convert the images to sRGB, hopefully with no further quality loss? Is there any free command-line (preferable) or GUI program I can use to easily and losslessly batch convert many JPEGs to sRGB?

Edited by PaintNetJack
Link to comment
Share on other sites

You need color profiles to get identical output on different output devices. sRGB is more or less a compromise.

I never needed such a conversion but Irfanview allows to activate LittleCMS (a basic Color Management System) maybe you can then save it in sRGB.

Or ACDSee, I don't know.

midoras signature.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...