July 11, 2015 at 2:20 am #23549
Thanks to a new illustrator on our PLUS system, we’ve discovered that in some cases, with some images, the thumbnail preview may look slightly different than the original EPS in terms of color rendition if the original EPS was saved in a CMYK color space.
If you convert the color space in Photoshop or whatever program you use to ensure it is sRGB, then save it, you will have no issues. In fact, I strongly recommend most people do this for images and vectors as I’ve run into issues where if you save them as CMYK or with Adobe RGB you get varying results when third party sites try to thumbnail your images.
Nevertheless, we now have a fix in place that does that color profile changing for you. The only caveat is that there is no way to know if your Imagick install will support it, as it is a small component that is sometimes installed with Imagick, and sometimes isn’t. Therefore, we will be providing this as an option in the settings from now on so you can enable or disable the advanced color profile correcting.
The color profile correcting is by no means necessary, and in most cases you will notice no difference. In addition, when it comes to vectors, your customers can easily color them as they’d like with no loss of quality. So don’t feel like this is something you need to have enabled. It seems to only show up when you save a vector in a CMYK profile.
The fix is applied to our PLUS servers and will be released along with the next Symbiostock release for standalone users.
Finally, it’s important to note that when we’re talking about color spaces, these are not specific to Symbiostock or WordPress; color space issues are still quite widespread, with some agencies parsing your images without correction. Even certain image viewers like ifranview and older versions of ACDSEE will not render CMYK vectors properly, so this fix is quite a cutting edge feature.
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