Firefox Color Profile Fix

Something that has been bothering me ever since I started a photo blog was how awful the color was when I used Firefox to view my images.

Want an example?

Left = Firefox. Image is washed out. Right = Safari. Image is the same as the Photoshop version.

There is an absolutely HUGE difference in those two pictures.  With the update of Firefox 3, this problem was supposed to be fixed… and it was, if only kinda.  They put the fix in there but never activated it.  Luckily Sean Hayes (not the actor or the singer) wrote a Firefox addon that activates the fix.

Download it here.  Pretty pretty please.  All of us photographers out there in the internets thank you.  Now you’ll get to see our pictures as they were meant to be viewed.  In our opinion at least!

Oh, and by the way, why not check out that picture you see above at my new photo blog?  It’s JustinMooreScott.com

UPDATE:

Dave of Blogography.com brought to my attention that not only does this affect both Mac and PC users, that PC users are further hindered from proper color display from their native operating system.  Windows is not known for its ability to properly interpret color/brightness in images.  Apple computers have this calibration automatic and adjustable with its built in monitor calibration; Windows not so much.

Luckily there is a free, yes free, program called Calibrize 2.0 (which I talked about in February) that will fix your PC based computer rig to show more accurate color.

If you’ve got a Mac, you should be good to go with just that plugin.  If you’re on a PC, you’ll need to do both.  A pain, I know!

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7 thoughts on “Firefox Color Profile Fix

  1. And then there’s the Windows machines which are all overly-bright and under-saturated all the time. It’s a real crime that color calibration isn’t built-in to everything so that people can see things as they were intended to be seen.

  2. I’d love to do that photo shoot with you. Hit me up when you figure out a location, I think we’d have a great time with it.

    P.S. After much stress, a huge headache, and a broken desk, I got lightbox working. Thanks for the advice, it looks a lot classier. I’m running an extremely minimalistic theme on my site, so it took a ton of tweaking… Oh well gotta go shoot some photos south of town. Check my site later and give me some much appreciated input.

    – Tony

    Tony Tripolis last blog post…Lightbox works… My desk is broken and I have a headache.

  3. Can you tell me if you have installed Calibrize 2.0 on a Windows machine? If yes, what was your experience in using the software for monitor calibration?

  4. Justin,

    The reason the colors are all whack is due to the fact that Firefox has some issues with the Adobe RGB (1998) color space. If you convert your images to sRGB right before saving, you’ll be in the clear. Safari, for some reason, supports the Adobe RGB color space a lot better.

  5. I don’t know you, but thank you, thank you, thank you. This was a huge pain in the ass.

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