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Understanding Input and Output ICC Profiles

Are they just fancy, built-in photoshop curves?

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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One of the things that puzzles people more than any other in colour management, printing and scanning, is just what icc profiles are and do.

I thought it would be useful to repeat the explanation I give to people.

In a short of vastly simplified way, an icc profile works the same as a canned photoshop curve.

Let me explain in terms of printer profiles.



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  • Carlo Didier

    Excellent explanation, Tim. Thanks!

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