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  • .psd file looks brighter once imported into AE

     Chris Voelz updated 1 week, 2 days ago 4 Members · 19 Posts
  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 1, 2021 at 11:20 am


    First a disclaimer – I’m pretty technically ignorant so please forgive any obvious ignorance on my part, I’ll much appreciate any insight you might provide!

    Ok, so the problem is this, a .psd file i received from my client opens fine in my after effects 2020 but it turns up slightly brighter. I fiddled with color settings and as far as i can see they are the same between photoshop and AE (srgb, 8-bit)

    The image is side by side screen grabs, photoshop on the right, Ae on the left.

    Oh and one more confusing detail, the same .psd file when it is imported as flattened footage element imports with correct colors in AE.

    There must be something I’m missing given that I’m ignorant to the point that just the mention of color management makes me dizzy and utterly confused…

    I’ll be very grateful for any help, thanks!!!

  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 1, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Hm, it didnt upload the image, let’s try again:

  • Chris Voelz

    April 1, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Is Color Management on in AE?

  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 1, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Chris, thanks for the quick reply!

    Do you mean color management in the project settings or the one in the interpret footage menu?

    I tried fiddling with them, turning them both on and off as well as changing color profiles and it didn’t work. Some color profiles made the image look drastically different but none matched it with the photoshop preview.

  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 1, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    I must add, although this is not a huge issue it was still something my client noticed and i had to put an adjustment layer with curves to match it with the .psd preview.

    So, i patched the problem but I’m still puzzled as to why this happens.

  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 1, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    I’m more of an illustrator/animator/art director type and although I’m fairly confident using after effects the technical side is something I have always relied on collaborators to handle.

  • Eric Santiago

    April 1, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    This is my everyday nightmare at my day job.

    I get all the fun images from the graphics crew to play with.

    You def need to look at the color management and play with it.

  • Eric Santiago

    April 1, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Some suggestions are to convert all images to sRGB in PS using Convert to Profile.

    I would have to investigate how I got around this.

  • Spiridon Mekas

    April 1, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Hello Eric, thanks for the reply!

    Yeah, I’m really puzzled. I can easily adjust it to specs with levels/curves but I am hoping for someone who can explain why this happens. My research so far indicates it should work by default, the color mode of the document and the way my Ae is set up are basically compatible, or should be.

    Lot’s of stuff to read on the web, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.


  • Brendon Murphy

    April 1, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    I would guess it’s not a color management issue, but rather an effect or adjustment layer within the psd file that gets interpreted different when pulled into AE. Take a look through the psd layers – if there’s an effect or layer style somewhere, do a save-as and then rasterize/bake the effect into the layer. See if that does it!

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