When I "Save for Web", greens and reds become desaturated (red becomes orange, and green loses its brilliance). I tried saving directly to .jpg but to no avail. I cannot retain the vivid colors that I see on the screen, just prior to saving. Here is my workflow:
• I've calibrated my screen with Monaco Optrix, as much as can be done on my PowerBook G4 17" screen
• I shoot RAW out of my 1d MKII (Adobe RGB)
• Process RAW in Bridge (CS2) - Color space Adobe RGB - white balance, exposure adjustments, etc.
• Open in CS2, do some further tweaking adjustments - Color space is still Adobe RGB in CS2 as default as I open the files
• From 16 bits to 8 bits
• Reduce to 72dpi @ 800 pixels tall (for vertical portraits)
• If I'm going to use Unsharp Mask or High Pass/Soft Light, I first convert from Adobe RGB to sRGB, using Convert to Profile
• If I'm going to use Fred Miranda's Intellisharpen, I'll use the Convert to Profile after the Miranda process
• Then Save for Web
As soon as the Save for Web window opens, using "2-up" comparison, the "Original" window already shows a reduction in red and green color saturation, becoming dull compared to the photo before saving. To keep within the parameters of a lot of forums (i.e. 300k or less), the quality will be around 85 before saving. The red becomes even more orangy, and the greens become duller/darker.
Any suggestions to keep the colors as vibrant to what I see before saving? I know there is some loss of quality in saving, but I've seen vibrant colors on a lot of web sites, and would like to do the same, without manually pre-tweaking blindly, and hope that it will come out okay.