Managing the ICC Profiles of Images

When preparing images for print, most professional image handlers are particularly careful about how they manage the colors and tones, so as to make sure what will come out on paper will be according to what they planned while editing the image on screen. For this reason, they might want to pay attention to the configuration of the ICC profiles of their images.

The ICC profile contains information about the use of color pixels within the image file, including details such as the color gamut (the set of colors that the image will show), the lightest and darkest tones, or how these tones are dispersed and combined throughout the image. Moreover, ICC profiles contain information about the devices used to capture, handle and print image files. In fact, the color capacities of any camera, scanner or printer can be described accurately through an ICC profile, following the standards established by the International Color Consortium.

Converting an image from one format to another does not necessarily mean you have to change the ICC profile. But this option stays open only when you use a quality piece of software such as ReaConverter. This powerful converter supports batch conversions from and to over 400 image formats, including archaic and rare, and allows you to make several choices when managing the input and output ICC profiles of your files. Here is how it works:

  • After a quick and easy installing process (which you can start on, ReaConverter lets you select the entire group of images you need to convert and add it to the conversion list.
    Load images
  • Next, decide what kind of actions you want to apply to your images. If you want to use the ICC profile of the original file, go to Options → Additional settings → ICC and tick on the appropriate box. Consequently, you will be able to opt for applying and removing the ICC profile, or for copying and retaining it.
    Additional Settings
    ICC profile settings

  • The second step in the conversion process also allows you to opt for a wide range of image editing actions. Here you can adjust brightness and contrast, add a photo filter or a text/image watermark on all output image files.
    image editing
  • Last but not least, choose the destination folder where you want to store the converted images (and ReaConverte provides you with a handy button here, that lets you choose directly “Same as source folder”) and the extension of the output files. JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF and GIF are among the options, but so are many others. Explore the list, pick your favorite and start the conversion. Your new files will be ready to use in no time!


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