Little CMS color abstractor

The Abstractor preview is ready!

Here you can find a fully functional preview of color abstractor. It is still not on sale because manual is being worked on, but is ready enough to play with it. Color translator owners have it unlocked and ready to use. Unregistered users have access to the demo. The demo allows you everything but saving the profile. The preview feature is fully functional.

Color abstractor

What does this program?

The abstractor is an abstract ICC profile authoring tool. It allows you to create abstract profiles for two use cases: component adjusts in a given space, what is often known as sooft-proofing and adjustments on CIE CAM16 color appearance model.

You can use any image to preview how your abstract profile affects it. Once you are happy with the adjust, you can save all those changes in a read-only, encapsulated abstract profile. This profile can latter be used by most image editing programs like Adobe Photoshop, Krita…

  • Softproofing allows you to do “slide adjusts” in the output color space. Just imagine you are creating content to be printed in a FOGRA39 press and you want to add more cyan, with the color abstractor you can do that at home, previewing all your changes as it would look when printed, and then generate a standard adjustment ICC profile keeping the adjustments. You can then freely distribute those profile if wish so, in fact you are the author!

  • CIECAM16, One of the most advanced color appeareance models is also included so you can create abstract profiles for viewing conditions changes, correlates adjustment…

What are abstract profiles?

Though we tend to use three different profile types - those for scanners, monitors and printers, the ICC has actually created a total of 7 different profile types. Each has its own capabilities and situations for best use. Abstract profiles is the fifth type, very powerful but unfortunately seldom used and understood.

Let’s see what ICC says about abstract profiles:

“Abstract profiles allow you to perform custom image effects, such as applying a particular ‘look’ to a series of images. Such a profile allows you to define CIELAB (or CIEXYZ) values as both input and output. Thus you can algorithmically define colour changes of whatever type you like and produce the LUT that achieves that. A small number of colour management applications support the creation and or use of abstract profiles."

Photoshop supports abstract profiles. Little CMS color translator, either the full one or the MINI one supports abstract profiles. Krita does. Other advanced image editors does as well.

If device links convert from device to device then abstract profiles are the opposite; they convert from Lab to Lab. Where the device link’s domain is device-space edits, abstracts are all about Lab-space (color) edits. Contrast bumps, increasing saturation, and gray or sepia effects are just a few examples of simple color edits than can be captured within an abstract profile. That means, you are doing color manipulation in a device-independent space. Which translates to real-world as, the changes you do, looks same no matter your images are in sRGB or AdobeRGB.

Download LittleCMS color Abstractor demo. Fully unlocked for color translator owners.

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Commercial version will be available in one week and the expected tag price will be 3.95€

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