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How do I force Adobe Camera Raw to use monitor color profile ?

I shoot in RAW. sRGB is set on camera.

The problem is that after I open my photo in Photoshop and enable "Proof Colors" (set to "Monitor RGB") it looks pretty different that it was in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

That means I can't do color correction in ACR.

What should I do ?

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See also: What steps to take to match screen to print? –  jrista Jul 6 '12 at 17:42
I realize I have the same problem, after trying to calibrate my images using a colorchecker. I spent a LOT of time and the colors were never right, despite being calibrated. Then using the proof setup and my monitor profile in Photoshop everything was marvelous, with the same files. The colors in ACR always look bad and cannot be used at all. But the files (arw, dng) are actually ok if I use something like Picasa (dng, arw), Windows 7 Explorer Preview (dng), or Photoshop (dng, arw) with proof colors. I didn't find any way to display correct colors in ACR. –  user25146 Jan 5 '14 at 23:02

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Using the Monitor RGB profile to display an image on a monitor calibrated to use the same profile is equivalent to turning off calibration, are you sure this is what you want?

You can turn off Proof Colors in the View menu while editing . It's not necessary to keep turned on unless you are proofing an image for a specific viewing environment/print setup, which can be done after all major editing has been finished.

In order for your image to look the same in Camera Raw and Photoshop you need to make sure that they are set to use the same color space. In Camera Raw you set the color space by clicking on the underlined information at the bottom of the interface. In Photoshop you use the Edit > Color settings screen.

UPDATE: The 'Proof Color' option in Photoshop is intended for simulating the appearance of an image on a specific output device, which should be done after general editing is complete. The result of general editing should be an image that looks correct in the working space, which will reduce the level of tweaking required to get the best possible output for any specific device. You can see this question for more details on color management and this question for how to make it easy to get back into camera raw after opening an image.

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I can't select custom ICM for my monitor in combo-box of ACR. There are only 4 profiles: sRGB, ProPhoto RGB, ColorMatch RGB and Adobe RGB. –  ruslan Jul 6 '12 at 6:47
Using the Monitor RGB profile when editing an image is not a good practice, why are you using it?. If you want to have your image look as good as possible on as many different monitors as possible then edit the RAW file using a wide-gamut space (Adobe RGB or ProPhoto RGB) and then create a JPEG using sRGB when you are finished editing. –  Steven Cunningham Jul 6 '12 at 8:01
Makes sense. I don't mind using any color space. But how can I proof color in ACR ? My problem is that I cannot do color correction in ACR because it will look different in Photoshop after I open the file (with enabled Proof Color). –  ruslan Jul 6 '12 at 15:17
@ruslan: You don't quite seem to fully grasp image color management. Each component of a color managed process must have its own profile. Your image has a profile (i.e. sRGB, AdobeRGB, ProPhoto RGB), your monitor has a profile (calibrated by a device), your printer has a profile (calibrated by another device), etc. The ICM engine is responsible for producing accurate color on any given output device by using the profiles of each to convert from one color space to another. –  jrista Jul 6 '12 at 17:35
@ruslan: The profile used in ACR and the profile for your monitor are used for different purposes. The ACR profile is used to interpret the values in the RAW image in order to generate a usable image while the monitor profile is used to get the usable image to be displayed as correctly as your monitor is capable of. To get the widest possible compatibility you want your final images to be in the sRGB color space. –  Steven Cunningham Jul 6 '12 at 19:50

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