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Color Management and Web Design: The Problem

The problem that Web and multimedia designers face is that, although Photoshop may have these nifty color-management features, Web and multimedia authoring programs such as Dreamweaver, GoLive, and Director do not. So, if you are using color management in Photoshop, the image may not look the same when viewed in another program because those applications are sending the file's color numbers directly to the monitor. Additionally, currently there is fundamentally no support in the major Web browsers for recognizing color tags in images, so graphics are likely to look different when viewed on the Web. Hopefully the browser makers will do a better job of supporting color management in the future. As e-commerce becomes more common, this will become more important (the major reason for returns of clothing that is purchased online is because the colors of the actual garment did not match what the buyer saw on the Web site).

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