Mike Chaney, author of QImage Pro has just launched the first version of Profile Prism. This unique product allows you to generate your own ICC profiles for digital cameras or scanners. "Profile Prism is software that allows the digital photographer to quickly and easily create ICC profiles for their digital cameras and scanners using the included 753 patch color target. Since digital cameras can often be more difficult to profile due to lens distortions, lighting, exposure, and other factors, Profile Prism offers several industry firsts that assist in developing digital camera profiles that work under both general lighting and specific lighting conditions."
Profile Prism v1.0 ICC Colour Profiling Software
We would like to announce the release of Profile Prism v1.0, an ICC profiling tool for digital cameras and flatbed scanners. While tools that allow profiling of output devices (monitors/printers) are readily available, there has been no cost effective way to develop profiles for input devices (cameras/scanners)... until now. ICC profiling is a method of color matching that allows for accurate color rendition on any device. Since ICC profiling is like describing two locations on a map and using software to generate the proper path from point A to point B, a "from" profile is just as important for proper ICC profiling as a "to" profile. Although monitor/printer profiles (the "to" side of the equation) can easily be obtained or derived using custom profiling software, many digital photographers are forced to use "generic" working spaces such as sRGB, Color Match, NTSC, etc. for cameras and scanners (the "from" side of the equation) in hopes that they are "close enough" to the color that the camera/scanner produces. Most digital cameras still are not delivered with ICC profiles that describe the "from" side of the ICC profiling equation, so Profile Prism can help close this gap in color management.
Profile Prism is software that allows the digital photographer to quickly and easily create ICC profiles for their digital cameras and scanners using the included 753 patch color target. Since digital cameras can often be more difficult to profile due to lens distortions, lighting, exposure, and other factors, Profile Prism offers several industry firsts that assist in developing digital camera profiles that work under both general lighting and specific lighting conditions. The color target even includes a luminance detection grid that can effectively reverse the effects of lens vignetting and uneven lighting of the target! Be sure to visit the web site and read the "About" section to learn how this $69 tool can provide you with professional camera/scanner profiles that close the loop in your ICC profiling workflow.
Note that we only offer a PC version of the software at this time, however, the profiles created using this software *are* cross-platform compatible and can be used in any ICC aware application since they are standard ICC profiles. As indicated in the "About" section on the web site, a general knowledge of ICC profiling and how to use ICC profiles in your choice of ICC aware software is assumed, so if you have never used ICC profiles before, we recommend that you follow some of the links on our site and learn what they can do for you before purchasing this software.
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