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.
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.
Standard profiles significantly improve color rendering, especially in warm tones such as reds, yellows, and oranges, from earlier Adobe camera profiles.
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:
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.
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.
If you find yourself often applying the same profile, you can work more efficiently by creating and applying a preset.
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.
Leave the Camera Calibration tab sliders set to 0 when adjusting camera profiles with the DNG Profile Editor.