Skin Tones posterized in LIGHTROOM CC

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I get weird posterized skin tones in LR CC (see the chin in the below picture). Already tried updating my graphics driver, then tried disableing it and enabling it in LR preferences.
Any idea what went wrong? Could it be the windows 10 installation? haven't noticed it prior to the installation.
Thanks!!!
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What camera model?

Does it happen with all camera profiles for your camera in the LR Camera Calibration area?  

What type of monitor do you have?  Have you calibrated your monitor? 

If  you export a JPG using the sRGB colorspace and reimport it into LR do you see the problem?

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Hi Steve,
Camera profile is set on "Camera faithfull".Process is set to "Current (2012)"
I have a DELL IPS monitor, But I'm pretty sure its a software issue, since DPP shows the gradients OK (same PC, same monitor).
Exported to JPED - Problem still exists in the JPEG when viewd in LR. The windows photo viewer, however shows the JPEG well, good gradients!

Appriciate your help!
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LR uses a wider internal working colorspace that gets mapped onto the screen view by the display profile so an error in the profile could be a problem.  DPP is producing a sRGB JPG most likely so there's no mapping needed as sRGB is small enough to fit into the monitor profile with space to spare. 

If your LR Export-Reimport test did you use sRGB as your Export color space/profile, or did you use ProPhotoRGB that is likely wider than your monitor's profile and would also need mapped?

Another test would be to import the DPP JPG and see if it looks ok or not.

You said you used Camera Faithful?  Do all other Camera-xxx and the Adobe Standard profile show this issue?  There have been problems in the past with some profiles for some cameras where a few have issues like this that Adobe eventually fixes.  You didn't say what camera you were using, yet.

If you are using the manufacturer's display profile then that can cause issues with LR and a good test is to set your display profile to sRGB and see if the problem clears up.

If you have a raw file you can share that would help narrow down if it's something on your computer or something in the LR software, itself.
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1) "Export Re-import test" - used SRGB
2) "import the DPP JPG and see if it looks ok or not" - tried it. the JPG from the DPP exhibits the same posterizing when imported to LR. In the windows viewer and in the DPP it looks just fine.
3) "Do all other Camera-xxx and the Adobe Standard profile show this issue" - YES, even worse!
4) Camera - Canon 60D
5) "set your display profile to sRGB and see if the problem clears up" - in what device? the camera (it's set to sRGB)? the monitor? the PC? LR? can you direct how to do it? camera 
6) The raw as a Link to google drive:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8z_nOerjHFfOVdpVWN6QjZKVTg/view?usp=sharing

Perhaps it has something to do with me going to windows 10?

Thanks Steve!
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Your raw file opened in LR looks ok on my Windows 10 computer.  Especially since the DPP JPG looks bad in LR, I'm pretty sure it's your monitor/display profile in Windows that is incompatible with LR.  Here is a screenshot of what I see using the LR defaults:




You can change your display profile (on your PC) to sRGB using the following instructions.  On Windows 10 you can click into Cortana and type Color Management and hit Enter.  You don't need to remove the profile that's listed, there, probably something from Dell, just add sRGB and set that new one as the default profile.  Do all this without LR loaded and perhaps even reboot after and then see if things look better in LR:

http://www.lightroomqueen.com/articles-page/how-do-i-change-my-monitor-profile-to-check-whether-its-...



I use an i1DisplayPro to calibrate and profile my monitor to 120 candela luminance and D7500K color temperature, so I don't have sRGB set, I have a custom profile I created as my default display profile:




If you don't have a hardware/software calibration device and software, as a simple, less accurate but better than nothing profile, you can use Windows built-in display calibration as described, here:

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/calibrate-monitor-windows-10

Be sure you've already set your default display profile to sRGB before you do this, otherwise your calibration will be based on a corrupt monitor profile that came with your monitor.


If none of this makes a difference, it's possible there's some custom adjustments applied in your video card's proprietary settings.
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CHAMPION INDEED :)




Added sRGB to the Profiles and it worked! How simple!

Thanks Steve!