Getting the Correct Color in Lightroom and DxO Software

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DxO and Lightroom

When used together, DxO software and Lightroom work very well. However, I noticed an issue with my workflow and it was the color of the images. The greens and reds were noticeably stronger in DxO than in Lightroom, for the exact same photo. Here’s what I found out was the problem…

First, figuring out which program had the problem…

First I had to determine which program was representing the true colors of the photo. This was fairly easy, but at first, drove me crazy and with some frustration. Here’s what I did:

  1. Saved the photo as a JPEG from both programs (two separate photos, one generated by Lightroom and one by DxO).
  2. Compared the photos on my desktop with the file viewer and not in either DxO or Lightroom.

Result: The photos looked exactly the same. This is good because the color space I chose to output each in both programs was exactly the same, sRGB. Make sure this is true or else they will look different because different color spaces cause photos to look different. I stick with the sRGB color space when I initially output all of my photos because this ensures uniformity across all devices everywhere.

Next, I viewed the same exact file in both programs. I found that DxO was showing me more reds and greens – an indication to me that the color space was somehow off within DxO.

The Fix and Why it Happens

In Lightroom, when you are viewing photos, it shows you photos in the color space of your device. For example, if you are viewing a photo on a calibrated monitor or laptop, it is going to use that color space and show your photo.

DxO is different. It shows your photos in whatever color space you choose. It can also show your photos to you in the color space of your device, and this is the option that must be selected if you want your photos from DxO to look the same on your screen in both programs. Here are the steps to make this happen within the DxO program (version 10 shown):

  1. Go to the Edit menu and select Preferences.
  2. On the Display tab, find the Common section.
  3. Choose “Current profile of the display device” in the “ICC profile used for display” section. Restart DxO to make it take effect.

dxo preferences icc

Summary

These programs, DxO and Lightroom, work well together and will create the best photos for you from your photography workflow, but they must both show you the same images. Make sure that this is true by setting the display correctly, and you will have a lot less frustration!

Thank you for reading what I wrote — I hope you enjoyed it!


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