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4 - Common Color Spaces

The two most common color spaces are sRGB and

Adobe RGB.

sRGB

The sRGB color space is used for:

1) Websites

2) Prints that are made by most labs or those made with most home printers.

Adobe RGB

For higher quality prints, photographers use the Adobe RGB color space, if they're using a professional lab or a sophisticated home printer.

You can see how the Adobe RGB color space is larger, has a wider range of colors, than does the sRGB color space.

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aRGB Adobe RGB

For another comparison, go to sRGB vs. ADOBE RGB 1998.

Photography System Chart

The chart below shows how the above color spaces are used in photography systems.

Most photographers use sRGB in their photography system.

You must use sRGB or Adobe RGB.

You can't mix them in the same photograph system.

Camera File Monitor Photoshop Output
       

Websites

Printing:

All Labs

Printing:

Some Labs

Printing:

All Home Printers

Printing:

Some Home

Printers

sRGB sRGB sRGB ssRGB sRGB sRGB   sRGB  

Adobe

RGB

Adobe

RGB

Adobe

RGB

 

Adobe

RGB

   

Adobe

RGB

 
 

Adobe

RGB

* With soft proofing

We'll now travel down the above photography system, look at how color is managed at each device or program.