Automatize Your Color Correction with ICC Profiles

Capture One allows you to save your color edits into an ICC profile, you can reuse for photos with similar needs for color adjustments. Select the ICC profiles in the Base Characteristics tool, or when you shoot tethered in the Capture tool tab in the Next Capture Adjustments tool.

A unique feature for Capture One Pro 6 is the ability to create custom camera ICC profiles.

In Capture One Pro 6, you can make advanced color corrections on RAW or JPEG images.  As with any tool in Capture One, you can save your corrections from the Color Editor tool as a Preset for easy reuse the next time you have a similar image in need of color corrections. But any color correction done in the Color Editor can also be saved as a camera ICC profile.

This is very convenient as the created ICC profiles can be selected directly in the Base Characteristics tool or in the Capture tool tab in the Next Capture Adjustments tool when you shoot tethered.

If you, for instance, are photographing food, you often want the food to look nice and more colorful than it really does. Use the Color Editor to tweak the colors and save the result as an ICC profile. The next time you shoot food tethered, just select the desired food ICC profile to correct the colors as you shoot.

The left image shows the colors from the default ICC profile for the camera. The soft cool light doesn’t give the apple a very appealing color. The right image was shot using the special ICC profile made for this particular lighting condition.

How to create a custom ICC profile for your camera

I open the Color Editor and start in the Basic tab to add some global saturation. The saturation slider in the Basic tab is safer to use as it is specifically designed to prevent oversaturation of the colors. Then I move on to the Advanced tab where I use the color correction picker to select the color of the green apple and push the saturation, hue and lightness until I get a fresh looking green color. When satisfied I save my corrections as a Color Editor Preset. This step is not essential, but it is easier if I need to iterate my color edits.

To create an ICC profile I simply click on the Action menu for the Color Editor tool and chose “Save as ICC profile” as shown below.

ICC profile naming

When creating a new ICC profile it is important to use the right naming convention to ensure that the profile will show up in the drop down menu for the used camera.

By default Capture One suggest a name consisting of

1)     Unique camera model name

2)     “-“

3)     “color corrected” (This is the only part which can be changed)

The application uses the unique camera model name and the “-“ to match the ICC profile with the right camera model.

The last part of the name should be changed to a meaningful description of the profile.

In the example above, I save my Color Edits made on an image from a Canon EOS 5D camera changing the name to a meaningful one:

Next time I shoot tethered I can select this ICC profile directly in the Capture Tool tab in the Next Capture Adjustments tool. By doing this, I ensure that every new shot will show the colors exactly as I want them.


January 19 2012

By The Image Quality Professor

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    Neil Lovegrove

    This is a request in relation to the C1 video tutorial on the topic of adjusting skin tone. I apologise for posting it here, however I did not find any other access to commenting on this video anywhere I looked. I hope it gets to the intended target!

    My comment is that I find this tutorial so brief as to be barely existent, and it is on one of the most fraught topics in digital post processing! What are you avoiding or trying to hide? I also find the wording of the tutorial clear as mud, eg “choose a problem area in the skin”, “fine tune the selection you have just made”, “the Uniformity slider will pull the hue of the surrounding colours towards the selected colours”. That’s it, and that’s what’s called a “feature”‘ video! Logically the instructions can be paraphrased as: the problem area of skin you have chosen is the colour you have selected and the hue of all colours will be pulled towards the hue of the problem area you have chosen”. Therefore, if you choose an inflamed area of skin, the red-magenta colour of this area is the colour which all other areas of the skin will become. Really! This is skin tone enhancement?! This is a help tutorial?!

    This tutorial is worse than useless, and the other help documentation on the topic is not much better, in my opinion. I would like to suggest that these items be revised and replaced with something at least comprehendable, if not comprehensive, in other words something to facilitate the optimal use of C1 by photographers.

    Neil Lovegrove

    Well, Neil.. you are right. It is a bad presentation, though the feature I think – is good.
    And to be honest, even I who speak a strange language get the idea.
    I think the video shows the selection correct – but explains the opposite. Actually a relative sound skin area (light tone) is selected representing the surroundings into which the reddish areas are merged – or is it opposite? – or maybe going on in both directions? This is not obvious.
    I agree, this video – like others – skates over the subject and more or less ends before it starts. A couple of examples would have been nice. I think this style tries to accomodate a trend in the time – short incidents of concentration!
    Also – it is a general problem with Phase One, that the online guide as well as the pdf-guide often fall short and lead nowhere.
    More resources should be put into this. But this might be the actual problem.
    I look forward to an answer too – from highest level.

    Another user

    Neil Lovegrove

    Thanks for your reply Jensen. You are closer than I am to the PhaseOne-CaptureOne people who can actually do something to improve resources for new users of the software. The software is certainly excellent, and easy to use in the end, but the learning experience is unnecessarily troublesome. I hope you can carry the torch for me-us to get some of those video tutorials, and the help documentation, redone to save the goodwill of customers.


    Kudo’s to Phase One for allowing comments. I am reminded of my math classes back in the day. I like math, but if you try and explain how to solve a quadratic equation with words it’s almost impossible. You have to see it, done by a good teacher. A U-tube type approach would be a better way to present the material, so you could see the process in real time with a voice over.

    Allowing some! comments, dear Bruce. But all comments, not just the easy ones, should be taken serious by the authors. What’s the point of commenting and asking questions if no answers or explanations are returned. Neil’s question above has not been answered by Phase One – yet.

    Paul Topol

    I agree with all of the above. NOW my question: How do I make a new default profile for my new camera, 1dx, so that when the program sees my 1dx it automagically selects the last profile I used? Can I use colorchecker ot create a profile, if I don’t have a green apple and a sharp knife??

    Hi Paul,

    Unfortunately, there is no easy way to set the default ICC profile within the application, but you can tinker around with the applications files.

    To replace the “default profile” for any camera in CO, open the package contents of the app and find the profiles section (mac verison

    Rename your new profile with the name of the old default. Overwrite the CO default. Now launch Capture One.

    If you want to create your own ICC profile you can use software that outputs ICC profiles and then import them into Capture One using the ICC import option.

    I hope this answers helps.

    All the best,


    Paul Topol

    Appreciate the reply.
    Sounds like a good way to get around the problem.
    I’ll give it a try.
    Have a great day

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