Profiles allow you to control how colors and tonality are rendered in your photos. The profiles are intended to serve as a starting point or foundation for making image edits.
When you apply a profile on your photo it does not change or overwrite the value of other edit control sliders. Therefore, you can make edits to your photos as you like and then choose to apply a profile on top of your edited image.
In the Basic panel of the Camera Raw dialog box, click the Profile drop-down list to quickly access Adobe Raw profiles. To view other available profiles, select Browse.
When you import photos, Adobe Color and Adobe Monochrome profiles are applied by default to color and black-and-white photos respectively.
In the Profile Browser panel, click the drop-down list on the right to access the viewing options. You can choose to view the profiles as Grid thumbnails or as a List. You can also filter the profiles using Color, B&W, or All.
Displays profiles that you've marked as favorite. See Add profiles to Favorites.
Creative profiles for raw and non-raw photos
Creative profiles work on any file type including raw photos, JPEGs, and TIFFs. These profiles are designed to create a certain style or effect in your photo.
Artistic: Use these profiles if you want the color rendering in your photo to be more edgy and with stronger color shifts.
B&W: Use these profiles to get optimal tone shifts required for black and white work.
Modern: Use these profiles to create unique effects that fit in with modern photography styles.
Vintage: Use these profiles to replicate the effects of vintage photos.
Profiles for raw photos
The following profile groups appear when you are editing a raw photo:
Adobe Raw: Adobe Raw profiles significantly improve color rendering and provide a good starting point for editing your raw images. Adobe Color profile is designed to provide a good color/tone balance for any image. This profile is applied by default to the raw photos that you import.
Camera Matching: Displays profiles based on the camera make/model of your raw photo. Use Camera Matching profiles when you prefer the color rendering in your raw files to match with what you see on your camera’s display screen.
Legacy: Displays legacy profiles that were provided in the earlier versions of Adobe Camera Raw.
When you apply any of the Artistic, B&W, Modern, and Vintage profiles, an Amount slider is displayed that allows you to control profile intensity. For other profiles, the Amount slider is dimmed/inactive.
To add a profile to Favorites, do one of the following:
- When browsing the profiles in the Grid view, hover over the profile thumbnail and click the star icon that appears at the upper-right corner of the thumbnail.
- When browsing the profiles in the List view, click the star icon that appears before the profile's name.
When you add a profile to Favorites, the Profile pop-up menu in the Basic tab of the Camera Raw dialog box gets updated too. When you remove a profile from Favorites, this Profile pop-up menu reflects the change. This way, you can easily customize the Basic pop-up menu with your favorite or most frequently used profiles for easier access.
The existing DCP profiles on your computer are automatically converted to XMP format, once you update to Camera Raw 10.3. If you want to add a DCP profile after the first launch, copy the profile manually to the following locations:
Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/CameraProfiles
To manually add an XMP profile, copy the profile to the following location:
Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/Settings
You can import DCP and XMP profiles and presets as zip files using the Import Profiles and Presets dialog box. To access this dialog box, follow these steps:
The Import Profiles and Presets dialog box allows you to import zip files only. To import individual profiles and presets, you can manually install them at the right location. See Manually install profiles to know more.