Lightroom: Poor color in converting raw photos into jpegs

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Hello all. When using lightroom 3 (I also have PS5), I have had trouble retaining the color and at times the luster, of my raw photos when they are converted into jpegs (these jpegs are up to 20 megapixels in size) . For example, a deep blue sky will at times be on the purple side. Has anyone else had this problem and found a solution.....thanks
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Which color space (ICC profile) have those jpgs been converted to and is the profile attached to them or might the preview you complain about be the result of a missing profile?
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Hello Christoph: I have used the Adobe RGB (1998) which my camera is set to when taking the photographs. Note: I have also experimented exporting with the other Colorspace options (sRGB and Prophoto RGB) but without success. How can I check to see if the profile is attached so I might explore this solution? ... Thanks
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One option is Photoshop’s Info Panel’s fly-out menu’s Panel Options – check »Document Profiles« under »Status Information«.
Another one is the Finder’s File Info’s »Color Profile« (that’s on Mac).

sRGB is a fairly small color space, so there might be some shifts to be expected there.
With AdobeRGB changes should be less noticeable.
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Robert, What application(s) are you viewing the images in after you export where they looked washed out? Is it a browser? Another application?
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Hello Jeffrey: I had recieved complaints from i stock on a number of my initial jpegs (I admit I initialy had not looked at them thoroughly when I first sent them in for I trusted the process).

I also see the same poor color reproduction in my jpeg files that reside on my own computers hard drive (where I sent my jpegs from lightroom prior to e-mailing them).

Of late, I have sent e-mails, with my jpegs, to my own gmail account for review. Unfortunatley, the jpegs do not as faithfull represent a copy of my raw photos as expected or needed.

Note: I own a Hp LP2475w monitor. I also have a new desk top with intel Corei7s, 64 bit, Asus P8P67 mother board etc.

Thank you for your assistance...Rob
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It sounds to me like you're viewing the JPEGs in a non-color managed application. In that case, you probably want to use sRGB as your colorspace if you're viewing these in a browser in gmail.
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This I have done. The fact remains that when I convert the raw image (from a canon eos 5d mark II) in lightroom 3 into a jpeg the photo is not the same. The colors are different and the vibrance has, at times, deminished and some of the remaining photos looks dull. This is what I see in my computer (this is prior to myself viewing it in a browser). Is there not a solution to this issue?