Recently, I've noticed something in Photoshop I cannot quite understand:

I've got a Photoshop document (not a specific one) in e.g. sRGB, ICC-Profile embedded. Now, when using 'Convert to Profile' with soft proofing against the same profile (so source and target profile are identical), no matter the other settings, the colors of the document change pretty strongly.

As both the profiles are exactly the same shouldn't the colors stay the same too? I'd really appreciate anybody telling me whatever I'm missing here.

  • If you convert to profile ... to the exact same profile, nothing at all changes. It does nothing at all, no new History event is added. Therefore, assume that's not what actually happened. – Tetsujin Mar 9 '18 at 16:44
  • Why are you converting the profile, if it is already sRGB? – Billy Kerr Mar 9 '18 at 17:48
  • You sure you had the Proof colors option on! Before you converted – joojaa Mar 9 '18 at 19:41
  • @BillyKerr I'm not, I was just curios as to why this happens. There's no reason (or even use) for doing that conversion, of course. – marius_linux Mar 9 '18 at 22:30
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    @Tetsujin You're right - I never really applied the conversion, only used the preview. But I've noticed the same behavior in soft-proof and will edit the question accordingly. – marius_linux Mar 9 '18 at 22:35