Input-only color profile. What in the heck is that?

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Apr 09, 2015 Apr 09, 2015

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I'm putting a watermark on a photo and getting an error message: could not place because the current document has an input-only color profile. What in the heck is that?

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Explorer , May 02, 2017 May 02, 2017
An input-only color profile usually implies that is was scanned or captured on a device that embedded an input profile. An input profile is a profile that describes the device in ColorSync language you might say.  Photoshop likes to use Working Space color profiles, such as sRGB or AdobeRGB, etc. I would suggest that the file be converted to a working space profile first, then it should be usable in your workflow.To convert a file to a working space profile, open the file in question, go to the ...

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May 02, 2017 May 02, 2017

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An input-only color profile usually implies that is was scanned or captured on a device that embedded an input profile. An input profile is a profile that describes the device in ColorSync language you might say.  Photoshop likes to use Working Space color profiles, such as sRGB or AdobeRGB, etc. I would suggest that the file be converted to a working space profile first, then it should be usable in your workflow.

To convert a file to a working space profile, open the file in question, go to the Edit menu and scroll down to "Convert to Profile", choose your favorite space from the top group of working spaces. I would suggest sRGB or AdobeRGB. Save the file and it will be embedded in the file.

Cheers,

Barry Rudick

Aker Imaging

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New Here ,
May 02, 2017 May 02, 2017

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The current version of CC will just prompt you if that is the case. I had to reinstall from the Creative Cloud app to clear the 'input only' warning.

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Sep 15, 2017 Sep 15, 2017

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Barry's answer worked for me.

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New Here ,
Oct 17, 2017 Oct 17, 2017

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Thanks, Barry!

That's got it.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 11, 2017 Nov 11, 2017

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Just remember to uncheck the "Flatten Image to Preserve Appearance" check box.

#wheredidallmylayersandworkgo

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 11, 2017 Nov 11, 2017

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Yes, but that's a real warning, it means exactly what it says. Numerical adjustments are color space specific, and if you have adjustment layers, the file's appearance will change in the new color space. You will have to readjust them all.

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New Here ,
Jan 13, 2020 Jan 13, 2020

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Thanks Barry,

After struggling with this problem for several days, that worked like a charm within seconds.

Cheers,

Hans

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Explorer ,
Jul 17, 2020 Jul 17, 2020

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Nope...doesn't work. The file (both of them) are already AdobeRGB.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 05, 2021 Jun 05, 2021

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You should let people here know not to do that on a layered photoshop file. This change flattens all layers into one. Thanks for the help!

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New Here ,
Oct 14, 2017 Oct 14, 2017

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Barry's solution worked for me as well!

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Oct 08, 2020 Oct 08, 2020

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Just got this for the first time in the latest cc update. I tried the above and it flattened all my layers. Instead I used Edit/assign profile and selected sRGB then saved. Preserved everything, though make sure you have a copy saved before attempting, just in case.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 11, 2020 Oct 11, 2020

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If you're interested you can learn a little about ICC profiles here

here is some reading on ICC profiles and how they work for you to provide accurate colour through the digital workflow: https://www.colourmanagement.net/advice/about-icc-colour-profiles/

 

I hope this helps

thanks
neil barstow, colourmanagement.net :: adobe forum volunteer
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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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I have the CS6 version where the solution offered by Barry does not seem to work. I have owned this version for years, and this is the first time I've encountered this error message (although this version has not been supported by upgrades for a few years now).   I'm working with photos sent to my computer from my iPhone.  I converted the particular photo color profile within the Photoshop File "Save", and also changed my specific photo's regular file to RGB, independent of Photoshop.

Would anyone be able to offer another solution?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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If the file truly has an INPUT ICC profile embedded, then, using the Photoshop's Edit / Convert to Profile and selecting, as destination for the conversion, a working colour space such as Adobe RGB or sRGB would solve that issue. 

 

If you've done that - and still see the error message described earlier, then that seems like a bug.

 

You can report it as a bug here
https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/categories/photoshop_family_photoshop

 

I hope this helps
neil barstow, colourmanagement net :: adobe forum volunteer
google me "neil barstow colourmanagement" for lots of free articles on colour management
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