Q: Why do the colours change after rendering the preview in Lightroom?
This is one of the most asked question by people new to Lightroom. All RAW photos contain a preview. This preview is generated by the camera, and this is the preview that you can see on the camera’s LCD.
- As soon at Lightroom opens the RAW file/photo, Lightroom displays the JPEG/preview embedded in the raw file/photo, to make look as very quick and speedy.
- Lightroom applies its own profile to the RAW file/photo for the matching camera. Lightroom has been doing this with the beta profiles since Lightroom 2 and with the non-beta profiles since Lightroom 2.2. If you don’t like Adobe interpretation’s of your camera, you can modify it with the Adobe Profile Editor.
- After applying your camera profile, Lightroom applies all of your modifications that you have done in the
Developmodule and creates a new preview.
Lightroom does not modify the original RAW photo, but:
- Lightroom will update the preview of the raw photo to reflect the processing in the
Developmodule such as cropping… if the photo is a DNG
- Lightroom will update the XMP/sidecar if you have set to automatically update the sidecars or save/update the image with metadata.