I've gathered a few different documents and presentations on color management implementations for Windows and Macintosh OS's as well as a few ICC profiles you might find handy to have. As I find other useful tidbits I'll post them here. If you have any you would like to contribute please let me know!

Macintosh - A technology brief by Apple on ColorSync for Mac OS X

Microsoft - Here is a two part presentation by Microsoft on their implementation of color management in Windows Longhorn.
Part 1 - PDF, part 1 PowerPoint, part 2 PDF and part 2 PowerPoint.
These may be a little out of date, if I can find new versions I will repost them.

Apple has some great info on their website about color management workflows and building or maintaining your own. Check it out!


These are a few of the profiles I have gathered that I thought you may find useful. Some of these are used in the color management setups I have discussed. Your mileage may vary and use them at your own risk, no warranty is expressed or impleid. Please test before using them for production.

RGB profiles
CMYK profiles
Gray & spot profiles
Adobe CSF settings

AdobeRGB 1998

Newsprint 22% dot gain Newsprint 28% dot gain NSPO Web Uncoated
ColorMatch Photoshop 4 CMYK Photoshop 5 US Web Coated (SWOP)
sRGB Photoshop 5 CMYK US Sheetfed Coated v2 US Sheetfed Coated v2
  US Sheetfed Coated v2 US Sheetfed Uncoated v2 US Sheetfed Uncoated v2
  US Sheetfed Uncoated v2 US Web Coated (SWOP)  
  US Web Coated (SWOP) US Web Uncoated  
  US Web Uncoated Xerox DC3535 Built-in Fiery  


I posted a link to the Enfocus User Group that shows what can happen when exporting a PDF out of Adobe InDesign CS1 when images have profiles attached. So here's the break down of what I said. When converted to CMYK, I used the same default ICC profile in PitStop Pro as I did in Adobe InDesign CS1, and that was US Web Coated (SWOP).

A sampling of different PDF export options and their color settings.

Default PDF/X-1a settings - everything goes default CMYK. The black text was black in InDesign and preserved as K only when converted to CMYK.

Default PDF/X-3 settings - RGB images preserve their ICC profiles, CMYK loose their profiles. Black text was converted to rich black when converted to CMYK.

Press settings with included ICC profiles - all images are converted and tagged with the default CMYK profile. Black text was preserved and tagged with default ICC profile. When converted to CMYK black text stays as K only.

Press with include ICC profiles color unchanged - All images preserve their embedded profiles. Black text is tagged with default profile and preserved as K when converted to CMYK.



I was watching a threat on the Apple ColorSync mail list about ICC v4 and ran across a new version of sRGB on ExtemeTech. Thanks to Klaus Karcher on the email list for the link. I wonder how widely adopted this might be out side of the the Windows GDI.