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What is an ICC Profile?

Our Capture. Print. Present. Workshop with Moab & Canon yielded several great questions from attendees. Some of the most frequently asked questions were regarding ICC Profiles. We’ve gathered some facts and posted them here for those who weren’t able to attend.

What is an ICC Profile?

ICC stands for the International Color Consortium. The ICC is a governing body which establishes standards for the display and formatting of color across all mediums and is used by not only the creative community but industry to insure that colors are accurately reproduced.

ICC profiles are computer files which essentially contain a description of the color for a particular device as compared to standards. These files are denoted with either a .icc or .icm suffix. ICC profiles act as a common translation tool to make the color one device, like your monitor, match the color on another device, like your printer.

Why are ICC Profiles Important?

In the printing world, an ICC profile is important because all paper is different. The brightness and white points of the paper is going to vary causing colors to look different on two different types of paper. An ICC profile is going to take into account these characteristics of your paper to create the same color space so that what you see on your monitor is what you will get on paper.

Still have questions on ICC Profiles? Post your comment below, we’d be glad to answer!

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