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colours more vivid on iphoto than desktop

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Hello all,
I am new to Mac. I'll try to be short.
I used a photo as my desktop background on my macbookpro. However, when I opened the same photo in iphoto, it looks much sharper and the colors are much more vivid than on my desktop background.
I noticed the same thing with all other photos. They look better in iphoto than in Preview for example.

Could someone explain why this is so?

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my guess is that iPhoto may recognise embedded colour profiles, whereas preview may not (although you can match and assign profiles in Preview through Tools.) Perhaps try duplicating an image, assign a profile to one, and test it in both preview and iPhoto at the same time.

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Perhpas you have your desktop preferences to "Stretch to fill screen"- would definitely make the image look less sharp if it is smaller than the screen size.
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