27. Embedding and Referencing ICC Profiles

  1. Phil Green MSc, PhD Reader member

Published Online: 11 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch27

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

How to Cite

Green, P. (ed) (2010) Embedding and Referencing ICC Profiles, in Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch27

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



  • Digital Negative (DNG) files;
  • International Color Consortium (ICC);
  • JPEG;
  • OpenXPS;
  • TIF


This chapter summarizes the mechanical details of subsequent image processing or file management operations, and provides pointers to sources of more detailed or comprehensive information. Image file formats that permit profile embedding fall into two types: those that define the procedure for profile embedding within the file format specification, and those that do not. An International Color Consortium (ICC) profile is embedded in a TIF file as a private tag. JPEG files also support the specification of an image color space using the Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) color space tag. The Digital Negative (DNG) file format, defined by Adobe Systems, provides for the embedding of an ICC profile in two locations: an AsShotICCProfile and a CurrentICCProfile. Images which are part of an OpenXPS document can have an embedded profile, using the method of embedding defined by the image file format specification.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

image colour analysis; Joint photographic expert group