Colour Models – sRGB vs Adobe RGB

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sRGB and Adobe RGB are both common colour spaces used in photography and print. HP and Microsoft first developed sRGB to approximate the colour gamut of most common computer displays.

The sRGB gamut is smaller than the Adobe RGB gamut and represents about 35% of the visible colours specified by the CIE. Adobe RGB was designed by Adobe Systems Inc to reproduce most of the colours on a screen display accurately on CMYK printers. The gamut represents about 50% on the visible colours specified by the CIE and improves upon sRGB gamut especially in the cooler colours such as cyan and green.

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While sRGB is preferred by many photographers and web developers for screen usage, if you’re going to print your work on digital printers its worth considering using the Adobe RGB colour space. In general and depending on the image you should be able to achieve better tones in the cyans and greens compared to SRGB and also has advantages with intense magentas, oranges and yellows. In addition there will be better detail in the shadows especially dark greens and blues. Visual Art Prints use the Adobe RGB colour space to achieve the best possible reproduction on all our high resolution prints. All the prints are created originally with the Adobe RGB colour space without any transfer or loss of tonal data from the original.

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Martin Adams

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