What are ICC Profiles and how do I use them?
ICC profiles help ensure that output (Photo Prints) matches the input (a computer monitor). Described in more detail, ICC profiles help photographers achieve the correct color reproduction from when images are transferred from a camera to a monitor, and from a monitor to a printer. We generate all of our ICC profiles in-house with the X-rite i1iO Scan Table. The profile is based on the white point of the paper or the substrate being profiled, as well as based on the color space and print engine of each output device. Our Photo Prints are RGB based and our P10000 (printers used for dye sublimation and canvas), F6200 (printers used for dye sublimation products), and Indigo's (printers for press items) are CMYK based. A calibration software is required in order to match a monitor to our ICC profiles. We recommend that our clients use the x-rite Color Munki or i1 Display Pro to calibrate their monitor. We instruct our clients to use our profiles for soft proofing only.
Notes Regarding ICC Profiles:
- A monitor which is current in its’ color calibration is necessary for the best ICC profile softproof.
- The only way to obtain proper monitor color calibration is with a colorimeter.
- Calibrating with a colorimeter on a routine schedule is the best practice for accuracy and consistency.
- The ICC Profile is only to be used as a soft proof- it must not be used as the working space while editing the image or converted to or embedded into the file in Photoshop. If our profile is embedded into the image file, it will cause muted, clipped color and artifacts that will be seen in the final output.
We provide downloadable ICC profiles as well as a step by step tutorial setup guide for our customers on how to install them in Photoshop and in Lightroom. The profiles and setup guide can be seen and downloaded below! If you use Adobe Elements and would like to soft proof, please click here!