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At MyPhotoShades.com your images are processed in a color-managed environment. When we edit your image on our monitor, we want the colors and tones to look the same as they will on the print. With digital image processing, color representations must be converted from the image file to a monitor and from the image file to a printer. The ICC profiles that perform this conversion are different for every monitor and printer, and can even vary within the same model. We periodically calibrate and profile each of our monitors and each paper or canvas that we use with our printer.
If you edit your own images, then you need to calibrate and profile your monitor if you want our prints to have the same colors and tones that you see on your monitor. We calibrate our monitors to a color temperature of 6500K, a gamma of 2.2, and a white luminance of 240 cd/m2. If you need the software and hardware to color manage your monitor, we recommend X-Rite i1Display LT.
If you edit your images, be sure to tell us whether or not you have a calibrated and profiled monitor. If you are not color managed, then we will adjust your image until it looks good on our monitors. If color and tones are important, then you should request that we mail you a small printed proof. We do not charge for these proofs and will print them on the same paper or canvas and apply the same coating that will be used for the final print.
The working color space such as sRGB or Adobe RGB is set in your camera and image editing software and is stored when you write the image file with formats such as JPEG, PSD, or TIFF. The color space sRGB is the default or only option with most digital cameras and is the best one to use when sharing images for display on a monitor. However, Adobe RGB (1998) or ProPhoto RGB have a larger range of colors (gamut) and are preferable when preparing an image for printing. We prefer Adobe RGB (1998) for 8-bit images and ProPhoto RGB for 16-bit images.