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We're working with Photoshop CS5 on Mac (OSX Lion) and would like to see the colors on the Mac exactly like they will look on the iPhone. Does anybody know what color profiles we should use and how to set them correctly? Or is there any other trick?

I googled quite a lot and tried several suggestions but none of the seems to do the trick. Any hints are much appreciated!

Update: So after doing more research and talking with several app designers and devs we basically had to give up. We the color profile "Web RGB" and do the color matching manually. Not very elegant but there doesn't seem to be a real solution (please tell me that I'm wrong!)

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This is basically impossible. Since it depends on how the monitor/iPhone settings are set by the client. Brightness/contrast/gamma etc. Somebody correct me if i am wrong please.... since this is how it works for PC. –  Luuk Oct 20 '11 at 12:06
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Hey Luuk - If I'm not mistaken you can't set the colors, gamma and contrast on iOS, just the brightness and that shouldn't affect the colors... –  Phil Oct 20 '11 at 12:25
    
This has got to be possible somehow. Given the way Apple is with all of its products and the "closed system" they design for, it's got to be possible. I am very interested as well, my company has just made the investment to develop for the iPad. –  Matt Rockwell Oct 20 '11 at 15:17
    
@Phil ofcourse brightness influence your colors. Apart from that every monitor is based on RGB. Dont know if that helps you... –  Luuk Oct 21 '11 at 8:06
    
@Luuk If you set the brightness the same between the Mac and the device, brightness shouldn't be an issue. –  Matt Rockwell Oct 21 '11 at 13:40
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If you can calibrate your hardware (monitor), then it should - aside from print jobs - also be possible to be done for a mobile device. If you don't have hardware calibration tools, then I'd say: No chance.

Aside from that: sRGB profile.

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That would have to be iRGB, wouldn't it? :-D –  Alan Gilbertson Oct 22 '11 at 8:33
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There's more to the question. You want the colors to match whose iPhone, and which model(s), and for how long? Like any electronic display, the color will drift slightly over time, and you never have control over the user's settings.

The question you have to ask is whether the time invested in trying to match a something that will change immediately is worth the opportunity cost of not doing something else.

Attempting to color manage what is not under your control is not the most productive use of your time.

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