Giving a false profile on a social network is a bad thing to do, of course, but to giving a photo a false profile is often the best thing you can do.
Dan Margulis’ false profile technique, involving lower or higher gamma ICC, is a good starting point to achieve a better image later.
I learned this technique during the ACT and AACT classes.
You can find more informations about this technique on his book “Professional Photoshop 5° edition“, or reading his documentation about PPW ( Picture Postcard Workflow ), or even surfing the web ( here is one link : Makeready/MA48-Fate_and_False.pdf).
Davide Barranca wrote a RBGblog post with a lot of images and examples about the False Profiles color correction technique. Give it a look!
False Profile technique works very well for underexposed and overexposed images, to balance highlight and shadows and recover detail and sometimes for over saturated photos and CMYK conversions.
Assigning a profile doesn’t change the image data – only their interpretation. The numbers stay the same, but the appearance changes. If you assign a lower gamma than the current profile you’re using the outlook of the image is lighter, whereas with a higher gamma the image will look darker. The only way to actually alter the image and fix the new aspect is to convert it into a profile of choice after the assignment.
Hence, the changes become permanent only when you convert ( and you have to do this manoeuvre at the end of your workflow)
For that reason I added a ” convert to profile” button directly on the panel!!!
As for the double faces of a coin there is a downside.
Assigning the profile is the easy part of this technique, while the boring and time-consuming part is to generate each gamma value for each color space and for those unfamiliar it is also just a little tricky to realize how this can be done.
last but not least, in order to avoid scrolling the assign profile menu to find the right color profile gamma each time, you could create one action for each of them but the risk is to overcrowd the actions panel and waste time to find the one you want
For all these reasons I decided to create this extension to simplify the assignment of false profiles through conditionals operations, to avoid manual creations or installation of all the profiles, and to avoid overcrowding the actions panel
The installer will install the panel and all related profiles in the right location on your computer.
The buttons on the panel let you choose among nine gamma variations for each color space (maybe I will upgrade them soon)
They operate through conditional scripting, recognizing the color space of your opened document and apply the same at the gamma value you have chosen.
This means that if your document is an ProPhoto RGB file and you click the 0,75 button to your document will be assigned: a ProPhoto RGB gamma 0,75 false profile.
If there is no matching profiles installed on your computer an option window ( fig.1) will appear and will let you choose to either exit or open the “assign window” and choose the profile you want from there.
If your image is an RGB file with no tag an option window ( fig.2) will appear and will let you choose which Color Space to use for assigning the gamma you selected
If the document is in Lab mode ( as you Know it is not possible to assign a profile in lab mode) an alert window ( fig.3) will let you Know to convert it before applying the false profile and the “convert window” will be opened before assigning the chosen profile if you will confirm to continue.
I integrated the “version upgrade” feature via Extension Manager CS5 so you will be able to check new version and automatically replacing the older version. Stay tuned!
The most skilled Photoshop users could save their own false profile adding them to those delivered and installed with the extension and make use of them through the panel. See “Installation Notes” for the procedure.
To download the installer and documentation:
I hope you enjoy it!
good False profile to you all