Why Does My Purple Cake Photograph Blue?

Decorating By cherrycakes Updated 27 Jul 2010 , 6:46pm by cherrycakes

cherrycakes Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:02pm
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Does anyone else have a problem with taking pictures of purple cakes? Even when I look at the cake through my camera it's completely blue! I just made this wedding cake and it's a beautiful shade of purple. I also dusted and steamed the flowers to intensify the purple but I'm very disappointed that I can't get a true picture of the colour. Is there anything that can be done?

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poohsmomma Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:07pm
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On my screen, it looks purple. And it's a beautiful cake.

yummy Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:11pm
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Looks purple on my screen. It's a lovely cake.

4realLaLa Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:18pm
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I see purple too.

Rosie2 Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:22pm
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I'm no help...I'm color blind icon_sad.gif it's a beautiful cake though... thumbs_up.gif

cherrycakes Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:24pm
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Thanks everyone! It does look purple but just not the right shade - the real purple is more along the lines of the darkest purple of the Cake Central page.

NatalieMarie Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:32pm
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I know exactly what you mean, my purple cakes either photograph purply blue or black!! Urgh! I tend to fix this on my computer. If you change the colour saturation and colour temperature you can make it a better shade.

SharonK1973 Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:33pm
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That happens to me too! Everything that's purple always turns out blue in the picture. I have no idea why!

carmijok Posted 24 Jul 2010 , 5:39pm
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Same here. It just has to do with the color I guess. I'm sure there's a tech wizard out there who could maybe advise on how to adjust color but I tried adjusting and the butterflies still look blue.

Rosie2 Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 6:07pm
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Yikesss, and all this time I've been thinking--my eyes are getting worst!! icon_cry.gif

Doug Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 6:46pm
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it's a LONG explanation that has to do with color temperature, method of display (CRT/LED/OLED/plasma/etc.), calibration of display, calibration of camera, original lighting used and host of other factors.

in short -- the kinds of monitors, calibration systems and software that will get you true reproduction on screen will set you back several thousand dollars.

cherrycakes Posted 27 Jul 2010 , 6:46pm
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Well I took NatalieMarie's advice and played around with the hue and saturation on my Photoshop Elements program. I was happy to discover that I can tweak the colour so it's more like the actual shade. Guess I'll have to do that with all my purple cakes. I would still like to know why this colour changes so much!

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