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What is ICC Profile and Why Should Designers Care About it?

BenQ
2018/10/23

Color plays a crucial role in things we use and buy, and for those who design items like these for a living, ensuring color is accurately applied and displayed is a key aspect of their work. With most of the steps in the design process now being executed digitally, designers are relying more heavily on their computers and monitors to guarantee the accurate display of colors. In order to ensure the highest level of color accuracy, designers have to first familiarize themselves with a tiny set of data called ICC Profile, which plays a small yet decisive role in the design process.

to ensure the highest level of color accuracy for designers
What is ICC Profile?

So what is ICC Profile? According to the International Color Consortium (ICC,) ICC profile is a set of data that characterizes a color input or output device. The profiles typically describe the color attributes of a particular device by defining the mapping between the device source and a profile connection space. Simply put, every device that displays color can be assigned a set of profile, and these profiles define the color gamut that will be displayed by these devices.

For most designers, the question then becomes, how do they make sure their monitors display the most accurate color? There are a few steps that they can take to smooth the process. First and foremost, designers need to know the color gamut of their devices’ operating systems. Here is an example. If the color gamut of a laptop and monitor are both sRGB, then it means the monitor will display the accurate color. On the other hand, if a laptop’s color gamut is sRGB and the monitor’s color gamut is DCI-P3, then the designer will have to implant the ICC profile of DCI-P3 into the operating system of that computer and set it up in order to guarantee accurate color display.

Digital images and graphics all have their own ICC profiles. In order to ensure the image that you are about to work on is displayed accurately, designers have to match the ICC profile of the image with the monitor and implement the corresponding ICC profile into the computer’s operating system. Once these steps are completed, you can then rest assured that the color of the image will be properly displayed.

digital images and graphics have their own ICC profiles
Simplify the Process with ICCsync

We understand tedious and complicated steps can potentially mislead users, and based on the steps above, it is fair to conclude that some things can go wrong when designers are trying to match ICC profiles between the monitor, the computer’s operating system and the source file. But it doesn’t need to be that tricky.

To make life much easier for designers, BenQ introduces a unique feature, ICCsync, through its PD series monitors, which helps to simplify the whole ICC profile mapping process. With ICCsync, designers can now set up the correct ICC profile even when switching between different sets of color gamut. The only step that designers need to take is to activate ICCsync in the built-in software, Display Pilot. Once ICCsync is activated, designers no longer need to adjust the operating system’s ICC profile every time they want to switch to a different color gamut.

Designers now no longer need to worry about inaccurate color display caused by technical glitches during their design processes because BenQ has come to their rescue with ICCsync, the new color-mapping technique that will further increase their efficiency at work.

ICCsync through BenQ PD series monitors

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