I've been pulling my hair out trying to figure out color management in Gimp.
In the preferences, I clearly have "File Open Behaviour" set to "Ask
what to do". My working profile is sRGB, and so is my Monitor profile.
I have "Display rendering intent" set to "Relative colorimetric". Yet,
everytime I open an image, Gimp never asks me what to do about the
color profile. It always assumes sRGB, even if the embedded color
profile is Adobe RGB or ProPhoto or whatever else. I always have to
manually assign the right color profile after the file has been
Further, when I go to assign a color profile, I have to know in
advance what the profile of that image was. Gimp doesn't tell me. It
lets me change to whatever profile I want, but it won't let me know
which one is embedded in the image. Sometimes, the color profile is
not listed in the EXIF data at all, which makes it harder to guess.
For example, when my camera is set to Adobe RGB, it leaves the EXIF
"Color space" field set to "Unassigned".
Is this normal Gimp behavior? It's making color management a real
nightmare and giving me all kinds of headaches. I sometimes receive
images in many different color spaces and I don't always know which
ones. Some people love working in ProPhoto because it makes them feel
all 1337 and superior. Others send me stuff in Adobe RGB because
that's what their printing company requires. I try to stick to sRGB
whenever possible, but it's not always ideal.
I hope someone can help me with this issue.
I have Gimp 2.6.8 on openSUSE 11.2 x86_64. It's a backport from the
Gnome OBS repository.
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