How to get consistent color in Photoshop when using the [Print Screen] command?


When I press the Printscreen key and the paste into Photoshop, colors are quite different.

I tried to do this with a RGB colors document (8, 16 and 32 bits).

How can I ensure Print Screen will capture accurate color when pasted into Photoshop?

5/11/2015 8:11:00 PM

If your system or your application uses colour management, the RGB values of colours are converted from their original colour profile to the installed colour profile of your monitor when the colours are shown on your monitor.

Typical print screen functions make a copy of the entire screen as it appears on your monitor; i.e., the colours get the converted RGB values that correspond to the installed colour profile of your monitor.

Therefore, if you paste the screenshot into a new Photoshop image, the numerical RGB values are the converted RGB values (not the original RGB values).

You can test whether this case applies to you:

  1. Create a Photoshop image with a suitable colour profile and fill it with an extreme colour (e.g. electric cyan).
  2. Press Print Screen
  3. Paste the screenshot into a new Photoshop image and compare the RGB values of your colour.
5/3/2015 4:54:00 PM