Photoshop: Why do I see a color shift when I place a color correct image into a new Photoshop document?

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If I open a color-corrected image in Ps it looks fine. If I then do Select All to copy the image and then place this image into a New Ps document, it immediately becomes dark and dreary.

When I look at the Edit / Color Settings of both images, they are identical. So what is causing this color shift?

In the attached image, the image on the right is the original image. The one on the left has been placed into the New document.

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Phillip

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I probably should have added that I am using Ps Extended CS6 on an iMac running OS X 7.5. I am not certain that will help anything, but for the sake of completeness I include it.

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Phillip
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@Chris Cox
Thanks for the great feedback.

My apologies for not making it clear that the image I attached was of both image files open at the same time in Ps, which I believe, would negate your monitor calibration comment.

Cutting to the chase -
While re-opening the images to check out your GPU suggestion, I noticed that the lighter image had a curves adjustment layer above the original image layer which reduced its saturation causing it to become lighter in appearance.

Having said that, I learned something in all of this.

I was always under the impression that if I did a 'Select All' to an image, I would be selecting the ENTIRE file, image AND adjustments layers. That is not the case at all which is good to know and understand. Select All (as I now understand it) only applies to the LAYERS that are SELECTED in the layers palette and not the entire image file.

To be fair, a lot of work can take place on a single layer, so in that case, Select All makes perfect sense because we are intending to select all that is on that layer and not the entire image file. On the other hand, Image / Duplicate will create a copy of the entire image file which does include all of the original layers.

Now that I know that I was only selecting the first IMAGE layer - and NOT any adjustment layers above it, my Select All experience makes perfect sense.

Please correct me if I've gone astray and thanks for sharpening me up a bit.

Phillip
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Ah, I thought you were showing the same image in 2 programs.

As you discovered: Select All applies to the document canvas -- layer selections are handled separately.
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@Chris Cox
Thanks so much for your help. I sincerely appreciate it.
Phillip
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Just sorry I didn't have the right answer.
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Ah, but what you did say led me to the reason my two images were different. Had I not taken your GPU suggestion to heart, I would have never realized the adjustment layer. Also add the fact that I failed to mention that the two images were being displayed on the monitor in Ps at the same time which caused you to derive a different answer set.

So, I would argue that in spite of my shortcomings, your answers led me directly to the solution in addition to opening my eyes to the obvious.

Thanks again,
Phillip