My RIFF Files look washed out when I save to JPEG


Whilst I have been using Painter 12 for years, I have rarely sought help because I don't like pestering people, but this is an issue I still haven't really been able to solve! It probably sounds a bit silly but bear with me!

Basically I have found that for a long time, when working on a RIFF file, it always seems to look really sharp and rich on my monitor but when I save to JPEG, even 100% quality, it seems to look really washed out with windows image viewer. To compensate for this, I've often tried adjusting the contrast, but this often creates a discrepancy between monitors. For instance I could view it on my monitor, my parents' computer and my phone and it would look too dark on one but fine on others.

To try and give you a clearer example, if you look at the boxart for the new DooM 2016 game, you can see that whatever format the image is in and whatever monitor you view it on, the image is consistently rich and sharp, whereas I am getting discrepancies across the board. Obviously it has been professionally produced by a trained digital artist which I am not! But I figure if they can do it, it must be possible.

I'm sorry this probably sounds a little convoluted, any advice would be helpful and if you need me to explain anything more clearly just ask!


3 Replies - Latest Reply

  • riff thumbnails are generated by painter, the jpg are by windows, im guessing, your windows doesnt have the default srgb, did you tried changing the color profile to other one, im guessing windows is having trouble to work with the one with black, change the color profile.

  • In reply to elsevilla:

    Thanks for the reply! Hmm, okay I found the colour profile toolbar you mentioned. Please bear in mind I'm not particularly adept at the technical side of Painter 12-type programmes. Could you recommend a particular one to pick? There are about 12 or possible more. I tried a couple at random and it actually made the image worse, like a grey fog had fallen over it.
  • In reply to Wadanny:

    You need to make sure you're using the same colour profile in both Painter and Photoshop or whatever editing software you're using. Either set them both to sRGB or both to ARGB