Photoshop: Color is Flat When Image Saves

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hi! i'm having a problem when I save an image the color is flat, no matter how it's saved. currently the color settings are srbg. any ideas?
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I've already assigned the color profile from RBG to sRBG and it's still doing the same thing
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sRGB is a specific color profile.

RGB is a color mode or model, not a specific color profile.
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Also, assigning the profile is not the right thing to do - you need to convert from your current color profile to some average display profile like sRGB for web use.
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What OS are you on?

What file format are you saving as? Are you using Save For Web or Save As?

What application are you viewing the images in that they look flat?
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the same things happens when i save as and save for web in any format (png or jpg). i'm viewing them in preview + then uploaded onto my site. both are dull. here's a screen shot of the difference. it's very apparent when i'm using red http://tinypic.com/r/f1y7ax/7
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OS is latest version on mac air, just upgraded 2 months ago
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MacOS doesn't have a version called "air". The MacBook Air is a model of Apple computer that does run MacOS. But are you running MacOS 10.6 or 10.7?
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okay. right now it's on sRGB as the assigned profile and RGB as the color mode
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10.7.1 is the OS
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thanks chris, yeah i got that already from most of the blogs via google:
edit > assign profile
working RGB is set to sRGB IEC61966-2.1
still not working.
I think it must be a buggy install or something?
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Assign isn't the right choice, you need to CONVERT the profile, either with the explicit command, or in SaveForWeb.
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also i'm aware that the 'air' is not an OS. meant to say i'm on an air and it's updated to the latest os.
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to clarify: this is save for web, trying to save out jpg.
photoshop looks great. save for web profile window looks great. if i save the jpg and then view it in a browser(firefox) it looks flat and muted.
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UPDATE: when i check 'embed color profile' in save for web dialog it works. any idea? do i need to embed it on every image like that?
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when I preview the image in firefox it looks right but when it's uploaded to my site it's muted. is there someone/somewhere i can get help with this?
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Firefox is a color managed application, so I'd expect it to look right there. It should also look correct in Safari, which is also color managed. It would really help to know what application is showing the muted color.
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the covert to sRGB box is clicked when i save for web. do i need to convert is somewhere else?
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In your screen shot, what application is being used to view the image in the foreground? sRGB works in web browsers because it's the assumed profile of the image. Another application may expect the profile in order to render it correctly, so yes, embedding the profile will improve the color depending on the application and what it's expecting.