24. Overview of ICC Profile Construction

  1. Phil Green MSc, PhD Reader member

Published Online: 11 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch24

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

How to Cite

Green, P. (ed) (2010) Overview of ICC Profile Construction, in Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch24

Editor Information

  1. London College of Communication, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 12 FEB 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley-IS&T Series in Imaging Science and Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Michael A. Kriss

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470058251

Online ISBN: 9780470688106



  • data encoding;
  • International Color Consortium (ICC);
  • LUT


This chapter provides an overview of the process of profile creation and where appropriate to point to other sources of information. The International Color Consortium (ICC) profile format is a binary format which contains all the information required to transform color data between the data encodings represented by the profile. The ICC profile defines a variety of different data encodings, which permit all the values required in a profile to be encoded efficiently without excessive proliferation of data types. The header of ICC profile contains essential metadata which identifies the profile and defines the intended uses of the profile. The tag table follows immediately after the profile header. It comprises the tags defined in the ICC 4.3 specification. A four-component LUT-based output profile has a similar structure to a three-component LUT-based input profile, except that the full set of AtoBx and BToAx tags must be included.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

encoding; image colour analysis