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Profiles

A profile describes the color behavior of a particular device, so that the behavior can be translated into a known standard. Once the behavior is standardized, another device profile can translate that information again in order to reproduce the image to match the original. Katrin likes to use the analogy of the United Nations to describe profiles. The printer speaks German, the monitor speaks French, and the digital camera speaks English. The profile is the universal translator that allows Photoshop to understand all of the “languages”—color behavior—spoken by each device.

Later in this chapter we'll look at how to create or obtain profiles for digital cameras, monitors, and printers. First, let's look at some of the issues related to the actual profile files that will be saved on your computer.


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