For each camera model it supports, Camera Raw uses color profiles to process raw images. These profiles are produced by photographing color targets under standardized lighting conditions and are not ICC color profiles.

ACR version

These profiles are compatible with older versions of Camera Raw and Lightroom. The version corresponds to the version of Camera Raw in which the profile first appeared. ACR profiles offer consistent behavior with legacy photos.

Adobe Standard

Standard profiles significantly improve color rendering, especially in warm tones such as reds, yellows, and oranges, from earlier Adobe camera profiles.

Camera Matching

Camera Matching profiles attempt to match the camera manufacturer’s color appearance under specific settings. Use Camera Matching profiles if you prefer the color rendering offered by your camera manufacturer’s software.

Both Adobe Standard and Camera Matching camera profiles are intended to serve as a starting point for further image adjustments. Therefore, use the profiles in conjunction with the color and tone controls in the Basic, Tone Curve, HSL / Grayscale, and other image adjustment tabs.

To manually install camera profiles, place them in the following locations:

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles

Windows Vista

C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles

Windows 7

C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles

Mac OS

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/CameraProfiles

Apply a camera profile to images

  1. To apply a camera profile, select it from the Camera Profile pop-up menu in the Camera Calibration tab of the Camera Raw dialog box.

    The Adobe Standard profile for a camera is named Adobe Standard. Camera Matching profiles include the prefix Camera in the profile name. The Camera Profile pop-up menu displays only profiles for your camera.

    If the only profile in the Camera Profile menu is Embedded, it means that you have selected a TIFF or JPEG image. Adobe Standard and Camera Matching profiles work only with raw images.

    Note:

    If you have selected a raw file and Adobe Standardand Camera Matching profiles do not appear in the Camera Profilepop-up menu, download the latest Camera Raw update from the Digital camera raw file support page.

  2. Choose a profile from the Camera Profile pop-up menu in the Camera Calibration tab of the Camera Raw dialog box.

  3. Click the Camera Raw Settings menu button  and choose Save New Camera Raw Defaults from the menu.

Apply a profile to a group of images

  1. Select the images in the Filmstrip view.

  2. Choose a profile from the Camera Profile pop-up menu in the Camera Calibration tab of the Camera Raw dialog box.
  3. Click the Synchronize button.
  4. In the Synchronize dialog box, choose Synchronize > Camera Calibration, and then click OK.

Create a camera profile preset

If you find yourself often applying the same profile, you can work more efficiently by creating and applying a preset.

  1. Choose a profile from the Camera Profile pop-up menu in the Camera Calibration tab of the Camera Raw dialog box.
  2. Click the Camera Raw Settings menu button  and choose Save Settings from the menu.
  3. In the Save Settings dialog box, choose Subset > Camera Calibration, and then click OK.

  4. Name your preset and click Save.
  5. To apply the preset to a group of images, select the images and then choose Apply Preset > Preset Name from the Camera Raw Settings menu.

Customize profiles using the DNG Profile Editor

To improve color rendering or customize a camera profile, use the standalone DNG Profile Editor utility. For example, use the DNG Profile Editor to correct an unwanted color cast in a profile or to optimize colors for a specific application, such as studio portraits or fall foliage.

The DNG Profile Editor and documentation for it are available on Adobe Labs.

Note:

Leave the Camera Calibration tab sliders set to 0 when adjusting camera profiles with the DNG Profile Editor.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License  Twitter™ and Facebook posts are not covered under the terms of Creative Commons.

Legal Notices   |   Online Privacy Policy