Color profile, or an ICC profile, is a set of data that characterizes a color input or output device, or a color space, according to standards promulgated by the International Color Consortium (ICC).

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How to get standard results in colour management in Linux

I have recently calibrated and profiled my screen, with a ColorHug device. I'm using Gnome, and have the profile installed through gcm. When opening an image in GIMP and DigiKam, the results are ...
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RGB and CMYK: Why both?

Any of you who have at least little experience with graphic design software, photography or professional printing, must have -almost undoubtedly- have gone through this: 'the struggle' of RGB and CMYK ...
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What are Color Profiles?

What are color profiles (in Photoshop) and how do they actually affect the printing?
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How to make a color appear the same on different backgrounds?

Background on color perception: Due to the nature of the human eye and visual processing by the brain, there's an optical illusion that the same color will look different depending on the background. ...
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Photoshop Color Settings for web design

What color profile settings should be used in Photoshop for web design? Does monitor calibration effect save for web images? I keep my monitor calibrated with a colorimeter and want to make sure my ...
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What color profile should I use when designing for iPhone?

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 ...
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What should I do regarding color profile when designing for the web?

I have read this article by Doug Avery where he explains how to disable Color Management in Adobe Photoshop and the follow-up article in response to the uproar of the commenters arguing against it and ...
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Share colors between CS5 programs (Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, ..)

I'm looking for a good workflow to use the same colors in, for example, a new file in InDesign or Illustrator. is there a "best practice" workflow to use the same colors in different programs?
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Can you convert a neon RGB color to CMYK for printing?

I have a logo that was done with RGB colors, now I have to work with this logo to do something for printing purpuses, the problem is that in the RGB version of the logo I have a shade of green I ...
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Color differences between Mac and Windows, How to set color profile scheme on Windows to get same colors of Mac?

I'm developer; I use Windows but my designer uses Mac. Whenever he sends a graphic file to me (.psd and .ai files) the colors show differently on Mac and Windows, even if I take the color code from ...
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Is it normal to send a CMYK file without an embedded color profile?

I've been sent a number of CMYK tiff images for some custom processing in Photoshop. These are expensively-shot images (Hasselblad digital body, full studio setup, already processed in Photoshop CC) ...
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Photoshop color weirdness after calibrating LCD

I've just purchased a calibrator (Eye One Display 2) to calibrate my two screens, because the difference of colours between them was huge. Now that I've calibrated them, the colours are almost ...
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What ICC profiles does Adobe Illustrator use to convert between RGB and CMYK in its color picker?

I'm trying to understand Adobe Illustrator's color conversion method between RGB/HSB and CMYK. I'm pretty sure they use ICC profiles to do the conversion, and they make a bunch of ICC profiles ...
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Colors in PNG inconsistent between Windows and Mac

I have a PNG file on my Windows machine of a proposed logo that someone sketched out in PowerPoint. I am tasked with making a master version in Illustrator, and then saving various copies for web use, ...
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When I export an image from Illustrator, why is it a slightly different color in the exported image?

I have a web design layout in AI that I'm trying to slice up into HTML/CSS. I'm having trouble keeping the colors the same in the exported files as they are in Illustrator. When I open it up in ...
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Is there an equation to easily convert a color to its matching color in another hue?

I am trying to design a site with a couple color schemes. I am looking for a way to make color schemes that match mathematically. For example, I know that #FF0000 matches perfectly with #00FF00 and ...
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What's the term for CMYK ink proof/tests that are printed on inconspicuous places of packaging, newspapers, etc?

I'm looking to place the color proof/test somewhere on the printable area of a box. The problem is that I don't know what they are called and where to get information about them (pattern, template, ...
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Right color balance MAC vs Windows

I've designed a web page on a Mac computer. When testing it on windows in appears with something like 20% less saturation. The page is public, for the web, so the final user may have any kind of ...
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In Illustrator CS5, why are my colors dull when I export to png?

I'm having an issue with Illustrator CS5 that I've seen mentioned in many, many forums, but I haven't found an answer that has fixed my problem. When I use Save for Web & Devices... to create a ...
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Why is the blue in my AI file black in my PDF file?

I created a RSVP card for a friend and in the AI file the color is NAVY Blue but when I save as a PDF and attach it on the email it is black. Does anyone know a solution?
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Differences in color conversion (RGB to CMYK) / How to choose Corporate Color

I figured out that there are possibly more than one methods to convert RGB to CMYK. Using Adobe Illustrator CS6 (Mac) the color conversion is completely different as the conversion via Wolfram Alpha. ...
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Need Guidance for Color Profile Settings in Illustrator

What is the best color profile to start with in Illustrator when designing a Logo that will be used for web and for print? Do you need to work on them in two different files, one with CMYK profile and ...
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Why isn't the black in a video made with After Effects a true black when it's viewed on Windows 7?

For some reason my video is coming out a lighter black than web #000 black. I'm using After Effects & Web - H.264 profile. Left: Web | Right: Video The photo doesn't do it justice.. it's very ...
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Calibration and Photoshop Color Settings

I use Windows 7. I calibrated my monitor with ColorMunki and use this profile as my default monitor profile. It looks great as I see the difference between non-calibrated and calibrated. Colors and ...
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Pasting screenshot changes colors in Photoshop CS3

I've done search after search, messed with color profiles, image color management, etc, but I still find that when I simply print screen and paste it in Adobe Photoshop CS3, I get a much lighter ...
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Global color settings for illustrator / keeps switching to gray

Is there a setting in illustrator that will make all of my colors, in all new projects, RGB? I'm not really sure why it often ends up as grayscale. I only use RGB for web assets and having to change ...
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Why can't I select 'Monitor RGB' in Proof Setup of Photoshop or Illustrator?

I'm trying to get a consistent look between my web and Adobe suite. At the moment, colors are vastly different, being washed out in photoshop and illustrator. My understanding is I can simply go into ...
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Logo distribution - without color profiles?

The company I work for recently started a partnership program. Part of the program includes us sending out our logo to our partners which they will include in their websites, signs and printed ...
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Preserve colors from Windows 7 Paint into Photoshop

I've been without Photoshop on my laptop for a few months and have been working with Microsoft Paint on some UI mock-ups. Now that I have Photoshop (CS6) on my laptop the colors are completely ...
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Photoshop CS6 Colors Look Terrible!

I just installed Photoshop CS6 for the first time (after coming from CS5). I tried taking a screenshot of a website I like to sample the blue color in the screenshot, but as soon as I paste it in ...
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How to make an image's color look consistent across different applications?

One time I had some images for buttons for users to click on, and they looked bright and sharp on a Mac's Preview app, and on some other graphics apps on the PC, but when it was displayed on Chrome on ...
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Color wash out problem when I connect my laptop to a projector or LCD monitor

I have a critical problem when i connect my laptop to a projector. Colors that I have used in my website are getting washed out when it's displayed on the projector screen.
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Canvas and Save for web colors mismatch in Photoshop

The colors of my Photoshop canvas are not the same as my Save-to-Web output. For example, #0000FF: I know there is something set wrong in the color profiles, but I can't figure out what is is. ...
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Inverted colors on opening PDF in photoshop

When opening this PDF in Photoshop(CS3) all colors are automatically inverted. How can I change this behaviour? The file has correct colors when opening it with Adobe Acrobat. The file is generated ...
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Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Pro for color conversion

I'm looking for alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Pro for converting the color profiles of PDFs for newsprint. I commonly use Acrobat Pro to prepare files for four color offset printing. The color ...
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Do I want to convert or just tag with the CMYK profile?

I have some images to send to the printer. The printing company wants them in 'CMYK' but doesnt offer any other information. I've read up quite a bit on this but most info that I've found seems to be ...
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How do I export a JPG with the same color profile as my Photoshop workspace?

I created a design for a webpage in Photoshop and got all the colors looking perfect. However, when I export it to a jpeg and view it outside of Photoshop the colors are completely different. If I ...
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Save pictures with a color profile?

I am using RawTherapee to process images. This program (and I suspect many others) has an option called "Working Profile", which you can use to adjust how the image is displayed; and an other called ...
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Proof printing for the web

I had this debate with a colleague and we didn't see anything solid or something from a search that would answer this with certainty so I thought I would open it here. You are designing a website or ...
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Where do you get a Pantone book?

Without dropping $200 - $500 for a Pantone book that I don't plan to use very often, is there a better option to get one?
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Illustrator: color differences between AI and PDF (profile?)

I have an .ai document, this is my working document. ! want to export it to PDF (to be portable but still vector), the problem is the color are all messed up and seem washed out (in spite the fact I ...
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Default CMYK profile not perfect for print

My client sent the print PDF I provided him with to a print studio. They replied that the black CMYK profile is set to 100/100/100/100 and they need it in 64/55/53/100. How do I fix that? I'm ...
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Should I convert sRGB images to CMYK before storage in a DAM?

Where I work we have images of products that we manufacture stored in CMYK GraCol 2006 format. We are starting to sell products manufactured by outside companies now and those companies are sending ...
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The black and white photos in the Proof Copy of my book are washed out and without blacks

The black and white photos in the Proof Copy of my book (non-coated paper) are washed out and have no deep blacks, or hardly any blacks. Working from InDesign to a PDF file, how do I ensure that my ...
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How do I match up Adobe's color profile to Apple's?

Why is there such a difference in the editing view & save preview views? I am using Adobe Illustrator CS6 for Mac OS X. Color Settings: North America General Purpose 2 Profile: sRGB Export ...
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How to get CMYK colors on screen to match newsprint [duplicate]

I work at with ads in PDF format at a newspaper. Before exporting, I always convert all the colors to CMYK, however when we get the paper back from the printer, the newsprint color hardly match the ...
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Contrast Color with Red [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need help with the Color Combination for the Red Can some one help me to find a color that contrast the color Red HEX: cd0001 I am looking for something i dark rang of ...
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Does Preview.app really distort ordinary PNG colors? Why?

Please help me understand how OS X Mavericks renders colors (or else how the Digital Color Meter app reports them). Following Bjango's advice on Photoshop color configuration for OS X, I found my way ...
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Why do my photoshop designs turn neon when I upload them online?

I am confused with what colour profiles I should be using where, as when I upload any of my designs online or try emailing them over to clients sometimes they are fine... but most times they show up ...
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(Illustrator) Why do the colors change when I “Save for Web” by using an action?

If I Save for Web in Illustrator, there is a very slight color change, which is to be expected. However, when I create a "Save for Web" action and apply it instead of directly using Save for Web, the ...