I'm trying to understand color management, and have stumbled across an issue:
I've seen many people, and some tools (like the OSX system screen shot utility) that will embed the icc profile of the monitor inside the picture file. My understanding is that the embedded profile should be the icc profile of an absolute colorspace such as sRGB/adobeRGB etc, not that of the particular monitor it was displayed on.
What am I missing here? Help me find the fallacy in my reasoning:
When you design an image on your computer with a profiled display you get to see the colors in your monitor's native colorspace, but the RGB color values are stored in some other (reference) colorspace. When you save the image, you save along the information of what this reference colorspace is, so when the next person opens it, his computer will transform this reference colorspace into his own display's native colorspace and reproduce the actual color.
Why would anybody embed the color profile of his display? How would this help? Even if one did, that would require to define it against a reference colorspace; then why do it in the first place?