How to check what color profile PDF file is?

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Feb 01, 2022 Feb 01, 2022

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Hi,

I have PDF-file that I have exported from InDesign. I would want to check is there right color profile (RGB or CMYK, depends which one I have exported). Is there any way to check this, I don't have Adobe Acrobat Pro program, some people suggested to use that to find it out.

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Feb 01, 2022 Feb 01, 2022

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If you still have the original .indd file you might want to just re-export and make sure your settings are correct for the profile you need.

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Feb 01, 2022 Feb 01, 2022

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Thanks for answering. 

Yes, that is also an option. I just wonder is there any way to see it from PDF-file.

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Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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I'm afraid I don't know. You can use the Preflight tools in Acrobat Pro to force a document into an output intent profile, and there are also color converion tools that you can use more selectively, but I don't know of any way other than that using another PDF viewer.

But why don't you have Acrobat? Unless you have subscribed only to InDesign as a stand-alone application you should be able to install Acrobat as a part of your CC subscription.

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I just wonder is there any way to see it from PDF-file

 

Hi @Jonathan32years PDFs (like InDesign) don’t have a document profile—a PDF can have a mix of color spaces, with or without embedded profiles.

 

AcrobatPro lets you view an object’s color space and profile via Output Preview’s Object Inspector. Preflight will also list a document's object’s color profiles.

 

Whether an object is profiled depends on your Export Output settings. The default PDF/X-4 preset (Output>No Color Conversion) exports all RGB color with an embedded profile. CMYK color exports as Device CMYK (no profile), but the PDF/X standard includes an Output Intent Profile, which by default is the document’s CMYK profile.

 

Set Preview to Object Inspector and click on an object to get its info:

 

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