Why are images shifting color when added to the canvas, and how can I fix this?

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FotoFusion works in an sRGB color profile. When you drop images on the canvas in FotoFusion, they will display in sRGB mode.

If your photos have been saved in a different color profile, you will notice color shifting when they are dropped on the Create screen.
Common alternative profiles include aRGB – which appear as desaturated – and ProPhoto – which appear with a greenish hue – when compared to sRGB.

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How are color profiles assigned to images?

Images are usually assigned color profiles when they are run through Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, or another image editing software.

In Lightroom, images will be exported with an assigned color profile of your choice.
Lightroom’s color profile export settings are located under FILE > Export…

Note: automatic updates to Lightroom may have result in your color profile being reset to aRGB even if you previously changed your selected profile).
In Photoshop, open your photo, and look under EDIT > Color Profiles to see the assigned color space.

Note: FotoFusion can only work with RGB color space images. Images saved to a CMYK or Grayscale color space cannot be used, nor can FotoFusion export to these spaces.  To learn more about color profiles, and how they differ from color spaces, consult this helpful article: http://www.dpbestflow.org/color/color-space-and-color-profiles.

No photo editing software?   If you are not using these image editing softwares, and you do not know what color profile is embedded in your image, go to http://regex.info/exif.cgi and upload an example image. This free online tool will analyse your file, and tell you what color space is embedded.

Resolving color shifting in FotoFusion

The easiest way to resolve the color shifting issue is to re-export the images in sRGB format from your image editing software.
Change the export settings in Lightroom, as displayed above, or convert them in Photoshop  under EDIT > Convert to profile, choosing an sRGB profile.
This will result in “what you see is what you get” color on the canvas and at export. Redrop the newly exported images, and they will appear normal on the FotoFusion canvas as well as the Output files.

If your cannot convert your images to sRGB, Extreme users can tag their project at render with the same color space, so that your original images and the output images will look the same. Note that this will not resolve color shifting on the Create screen – the tag is applied to the export file, and does not convert the files themselves.

To tag your files at render, go to the Output to a File screen. Change the dropbox option from Convert to sRGB and tag with sRGB to Pass through profiles unchanged and tag with selected profile.

Next, click on the button under the drop box, and select the profile that matches your photos.

FotoFusion was designed to automatically open the folder holding  the color profiles. Select the icc profile to match your images’ profile, then render your project. The exported files will look identical to the color of the source images when opened in Photoshop.

Can’t find the icc profiles on your system?  Newer operating system have elevated security features that may be blocking FotoFusion from seeing the folder containing the icc files.

  • Windows computers store the icc profile files in C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\Color
  • Mac computers store them in Username/Library/ColorSync/Profiles or HD/Library/ColorSync/Profiles

If you cannot navigate to these folders on your computer directly in FotoFusion, open up your file manager, navigate to the folder, and copy the icc profile files to a folder in an accessible location on your computer (eg. Desktop, or under your Photos folder).  Save your project, relaunch FotoFusion, then apply the profiles from the copies you made in the accessible folder.

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