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Chapter 3. Understanding Color Profiles > The Profile-Creation Process

The Profile-Creation Process

The process of creating device profiles varies from device to device and with the software you use, but the basic concept—device characterization—is the same regardless of the device.

In device characterization, color values from the device are measured with a dedicated instrument such as a colorimeter. Specialized software compares the measured values to the device-independent values of those colors and stores this information in a profile. The idea is to measure a wide range of colors—far more than you may think the device can reproduce—so that the software can determine the gamut of the device.


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