Instantly Make Your Photos Look Better on the Web

Have you ever wondered why your photos look terrible online when they looked amazing in Photoshop?

The way your photos look often relies heavily on the specific website or social media platform where you upload the images. Compression saves space and many places on the web, especially formats like Facebook, compress heavily.  We have FREE tools to help, such as the Facebook Fix actions, but sometimes their algorithms still make a mess of pictures. Unfortunately, much of this is out of the photographer’s control.

Here’s where we can help: Color problems on the web

One aspect to web images in your control — the color range matching original edit.  “Why does the color when I upload look totally different than when I am in Photoshop?” This questions crosses my inbox daily from frustrated photographers. If you notice that the color zaps out of your images as you upload them online, you likely need to check your color space. Read and bookmark or pin the graphic below, as a quick tip to convert your photos to the sRGB color space for optimal viewing online.


Now it’s your turn.  If you have more tips on making your photos stand out and look better on the web, let us know in the comments below!

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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    I upload via Lightroom, and found that sharpening for screen on detailed images makes them look awful. If I leave off sharpening, or do standard/low, it looks much better.

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    To keep the Srgb colour space when going from Lightroom to Ps you will also need to change it in the external editing preferences AND also in ACR( so it will ‘stick”)- ACR comes with Ps- also be sure to check down the bottom of PS the document profile to ensure that it is indeed in the Srgb profile.

    To make them look great, you need to know exactly the width of the space you are trying to place the image into- e.g., Fb will do 2048px, and display well on large screens, some blogs are only 960px. you just have to know this info! The smaller they are , the quicker they will load and use less data downloads as well! There’s a huge knowledge need in all of this……

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