About ICC Color Profiles

The Basics of Color Profiles

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International Color Consortium

The International Color Consortium (ICC) was established in 1993 in order to set a vendor-neutral color management system that would have functionality across all operating systems. The current ICC Specifications (4.3) allows for color matching when moving between applications or operating systems, in both display and print. An ICC Color Profile describes the color attributes of a particular device or viewing requirement by defining a mapping between the device source or target color space and a profile connection space (PCS).

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Should I Use An ICC Profile?

ICC Color Profiles are used everywhere, regardless of whether you’ve noticed them or not. But should you worry about using a specific profile?

When sublimating substrates, absolutely you should be using a specific color profile. In general, it’s highly recommended to use a custom color profile for your purposes. Your substrate, ink, and printer all impact the final color, so using a custom color profile is recommended.

For smaller loads, it’s acceptable to use a manufacturer color profile, however to produce photographic-quality sublimated materials, color management is required. Click here to see our set of curated color profiles for different ink manufacturers.