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ACR: DNG Profile Editor

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What is it?

So you’ve downloaded the Beta profiles and still aren’t satisfied with your results in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)? Well then, the DNG Profile Editor is for you. This free tool, found on the Adobe Labs Web site, allows you to create and customize your own camera profiles to control the look of your camera raw files. These profiles can be embedded in DNG raw files, used in Photoshop and Lightroom and shared between multiple computers.

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Why is it important?

If you are a catalog photographer needing accurate color, or a landscape photographer who wants signature greens, the DNG Profile Editor allows you to take control over how ACR interprets color in raw files. The net result is a better baseline interpretation of tone and color requiring fewer manual corrections. This speeds up your workflow dramatically while improving consistency. All from a free software plug-in. What’s not to like?

Bonus Tip:The Chart panel within the DNG profile editor allows you to photograph a 24-patch Color Checker chart (Click here) and save it as a DNG. The DNG Profile Editor uses this to build a custom profile based on the characteristics of your camera and your lighting setup. From here, you can further customize the look of the profile in the Color Tables panel. Click here for a tutorial on building custom profiles with a color checker and the DNG Profile Editor.

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