33. Evaluating Color Transforms in ICC Profiles

  1. Phil Green MSc, PhD Reader member

Published Online: 11 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch33

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles

How to Cite

Green, P. (ed) (2010) Evaluating Color Transforms in ICC Profiles, in Color Management: Understanding and using ICC Profiles, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470688106.ch33

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



  • CMM;
  • color transforms;
  • device model tests;
  • International Color Consortium (ICC) profiles;
  • perceptual reference medium (PRM);
  • roundtrip tests;
  • subjective tests


ICC input and output profiles contain transforms between device data encodings and the ICC PCS. This chapter provides recommendations to assist in the evaluation of the colorimetric and perceptual rendering intent transforms in ICC v4 profiles. The three types of test discussed in the chapter are roundtrip tests, device model tests and subjective tests. The chapter provides a procedure for applying these tests. It should be noted that in general preview tags should not be used for testing roundtripping errors. Roundtripping results may be affected by the device characteristics, the profile, and the CMM. Profiles should be evaluated using several CMMs, preferably those that will be used in practice. For improved interoperability with v2 source profiles, it may also be desirable to subjectively evaluate BToA0 transforms using images that are in color encodings with reference media different from the perceptual reference medium (PRM).

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

image colour analysis