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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:

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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:

image.png

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
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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?

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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.

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