Choosing the Right Profile in Lightroom and ACR

Table of Contents

1:11Lesson Overview
1:43How Profiles are Similar to Film Stock
2:39The Profile Browser
7:05Choosing a Profile to Pull More Detail out of a Raw File
15:15The Difference Between Profiles and Presets
18:57Using Presets and Profiles Together
20:25The Calibration Panel is for Fine-Tuning a Profile
26:37How the Calibration Panel Changes the Parameters of a Hue
27:10Monitor Calibration vs. the Calibration Panel
27:58Lesson Summary

Profiles …

When you want to adjust your colors in Lightroom or ACR, most will typically go straight for the HSL panel….which will get you satisfactory results “most” of the time. 

Eventually, you’ll come across an outlier image that just doesn’t seem to play nice with the HSL panel. 

For example, you want to shift the reds more towards orange, but the sliders aren’t picking up on the exact pixels you wish to change. 

Or perhaps your HSL adjustments are too broad…and you’re shifting other hues close to red that you want to remain untouched. 

Either way, your color processing is off the mark…and it becomes frustrating. 

What if you could decide which pixels are considered to be a specific hue…giving you more power to include (or exclude) specific areas from your color adjustments? 

In comes profiles….which let you go “beneath the surface” and determine how the colors in your raw file area interpreted and displayed on your computer.

Now many think profiles are simply a new alternative to presets, where you can download and install these color “recipes” for your images. 

That’s technically correct, but it’s barely scratching the surface to what profiles can do for your photography…

If you’re ready to dive into the world of profiles, then this “substance over style” video will open up many doors for you in your color processing…and give you long-term results in your photography.

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7 thoughts on “Choosing the Right Profile in Lightroom and ACR”

  1. Hi Chris
    I just downloaded the video, however, it is in data format which Quicktime cannot open. Is there another link to download the video?
    Thanks, looking forward to watching this video.
    Also, I have a question that perhaps you can help not only me but many others with. How do you get a printer profile so images come out with the right colours? I have the HP Envy Photo 7155 and the colours lean toward the greens. I have read that a colour profile is what is needed, but have no idea how to go about it. I realize the printer is not the best but works for my needs.

    1. Scott Rosenthal

      Change the filename from “profiles” to “profiles.mp4”. The file type was left off of the downloaded file’s name. Hope that helps.

    2. Hi Wendy – for some reason the extension is missing from the filename so adding “.mp4” to the end as Scott suggested should work. Thanks for jumping in Scott.

      Since you have a lifetime membership you’ll be getting lessons on printer profiles soon once I edit those videos. Getting images to print with the correct colors is a big topic when self-printing and involves using soft proofs to “preview” what the image SHOULD look like when printed, but that’s not always 100% accurate. The lessons will offer much more clarity than I can offer here, so I will let you know when those are ready!

  2. Towards the end of the video you mentioned that you would leave a link to a video about calibrating a monitor. Can you drop that link somewhere? Thanks.

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