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1. For now DNG-only. Here's why:
2. Standalone for now. See above links for why.
3. Use the 'Preview Color Changes' option in the Options menu.
4. You can use 'Apply Raw Adjustments' in the Options menu to see your raw adjustments. This is __not__ recommended for building a general-purpose profile because you are then optimizing a profile with specific image adjustments in mind, rather than building a profile based more on the inherent camera characteristics.
5. True, that is a limitation of this implementation.
6. I am not sure what you mean. The Chart Wizard automatically optimizes the color patches in a test shot based on reference values for many physical charts, which is more practically useful than the numbers printed on the reference card that comes with the chart.
7. Make sure you avoid color casts in the bottom row. The PE is picky about making sure your gray patches are relatively neutral. It is an attempt to help you get a better profile.
8. Use 'Show Affected Colors' from the Options menu.
You may wish to read this page carefully and thoroughly:
It is the reference online documentation for the DNG Profile Editor and a few of the things you wish to do, such as preview all color changes, apply raw adjustments, and visualize the extent of each color adjustment, are all documented there.
Thanks for your answer!
> 7. Make sure you avoid color casts in the bottom row. The PE is picky about making sure your gray patches are relatively neutral. It is an attempt to help you get a better profile.
One thing I had noticed regarding the last row having a color cast, is that I may get a "significant color cast" error. Thinking this may be normal, or PE being sensitive, I used a right-clik on the 2nd 'lt gray' patch, which changed the Wb, but then it would give me the same error when I tried to build a profile because it changed back to the original Wb.
I believe the original Wb is the "as shot" value, but there are reasons why the camera didn't possibly read the exact Wb, especially relative to the R4C2 patch (which PE probably depends on being accurate). Why doesn't this Wb modification stick?
The validity of the profile depends on a proper white balance. Therefore, PE automatically uses the gray patch in row 4, column 2, to perform WB when building a profile using Chart Wizard. It doesn't matter what you've set the WB to previously; Chart Wizard will override it.
I don't know if you know: there is the same problem as in LR 2,0 in the PE.
If I want to export directly to CameraProfiles folder but on the way is an "odd" symbol (e.g. some letters from Czech alfabet - (Data aplikací - AppData) it will not work. Recipe is possible to save but not the exported profile. It says "Export profile failed". If you choose a folder with an adress without "odd" symbols, it works fine.
This behavior I found on XP prof SP2. On Ultimate 64 bit (both Czech version) works fine. But the reason is the name of the folder stayed in English (AppData). But if there will be a Czech letter ěčíá... it is a start for the same failure.
Hi Tom, yes, this is a PE bug and will be fixed in the next PE update. Sorry for the inconvenience.
I have strange behavior with my new profiles from PE. You can see it very good on skin tones.
In LR I did a picture with a profile "portrait" everything is OK and than I saved metadata (Ctrl + S) and opened it in CR. Setting was exactly the same as in LR including profile but the skin tones was too red. If I opened this picture from LR through Ctrl + E there was no problem.
If I used profile Adobe 4,4, there was no problem. Also the way through CR was OK.
profile portrait - problem
profile 4,4 - without problem
Have you ever seen this?
my system is updated (10.0.1) + CR 4,5 + LR 1.4
W XP SP2 + W Ultimate 64
it is the same on both systems
To *Tom* (#7):
If you are using the PE, you MUST be using Lightroom 2.0 or Camera Raw 4.5. You can NOT use ANY older versions. You cannot use Lightroom 1.4.1. You cannot use Lightroom 2.0 beta. You cannot use Camera Raw 4.4.1.
Older versions do NOT support new profiles. You may be able to force them to load, but they will NOT display the correct colors.
"Eric Chan - 5:11am Aug 11, 08 PST (#4 of 9)
The validity of the profile depends on a proper white balance. Therefore, PE automatically uses the gray patch in row 4, column 2, to perform WB when building a profile using Chart Wizard. It doesn't matter what you've set the WB to previously; Chart Wizard will override it. "
That may be a useful "safety catch" that users may not start with a WB that is way off. However if you give the possibility and actually (somewhere) suggest to do a manual WB then you NEED to give that information to the user that any user set WB will be ignored (perhaps by a pop-up ifo box if you apply WB manually). If you do not give that information the "educated" user will be confused at the expense of the "casual user". :-)
The Chart Wizard's auto-WB behavior is documented here: