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Using Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 7.3


by Alan Winslow – May 4th, 2018

If you have updated to Adobe Lightroom Classic Creative Cloud  7.3 and Camera Raw 10.3 the X-Rite ColorChecker process has changed slightly. Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC can be found a the very top of the Basic panel. Users can access profiles through the “Profile Browser.” In previous versions of Lightroom, you would scroll down to the Camera Calibration panel in the development module to locate your custom profile.

Using Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 7.3:

To begin, install the Camera Calibration software a plug-in is also installed for Lightroom if you haven’t done so already.

Then take a photo that includes your ColorChecker Passport.

And import the image into Lightroom

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Choose File – Export with Preset – ColorChecker Passport to access the Lightroom plug-in for Camera Calibration software. This plugin automates most of the process for making a custom camera profile.

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Now choose a name for your profile. Make it as descriptive as possible. I prefer to write the camera model I’m profiling and the shoot name.

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Note in the upper left-hand corner of the window a progress bar shows that the profile is being created. During this process, the RAW file is processed to a DNG file. Next, the ColorChecker Classic is found and the software lines up each of targets 24 colors. Finally, it evaluates what the file has recorded and creates a camera profile that allows RAW files shot on the camera to display as accurately as possible, ready for processing once the camera profile is applied.

Here is Where the Difference Begins

Once the profile has been created the plug-in will report that it’s finished. Next, Lightroom should be shut down and restarted. Any profile created while Lightroom is open cannot be seen until the program is restarted.

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

The camera profile is selectable in the new Profile browser on the top of the Basic Panel within the Development Module.

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Click the drop-down menu and select Browse.

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Now you can locate the Profiles drop-down.

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

When you select the custom profile it will be applied to this Raw image.

Finally, click close to return to the Development Module.

Back to the Familiar Workflow

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

Next, take the eye dropper and select the second patch from the white patch on the ColorChecker Classic. This action will render the file neutral. The profile and neutral or white balance are two separate actions. Even if you have done an in-camera white balance, be sure to white or neutral balance again after application of the custom profile.

Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

To apply these settings to multiple files select them with the corrected file chosen first and then hit “Sync” in the lower right of the develop module. After the synchronize settings, a dialog box appears to deselect all the besides White Balance and Calibration to apply the custom camera profile and white balance to all the selected files.

Enjoy all the great content we have to offer on the product page for the ColorChecker Passport Photo at www.xritephoto.com.

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6 responses to “Using Camera Profiles in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 7.3”

  1. Patricia says:

    In my case when I browse and see the profile I created, the image shows up as a black square, if I apply the profile, the entire image is black. I am able to create a profile, export it with the plug in. Restart Lightroom, that’s when i have the issue in applying the profile, when I browse, what I find is a black square under my created profile. Please help.

  2. Beau W Saunders says:

    I’m running Lightroom 10.3.1 with Camera Raw 10.3 on Mac OS 10.13.5. I’ve been able to create profiles now, but for some reason, they will only appear in my Profile dropdown with some images. I can find out the reason… they are all set to Version 4 (Current ) for process version, and it doesn’t seem to matter if the images are .dng or Nikon .NEF. Both images were taken by the same camera on the same session, but for whatever reason, some of the images won’t have the Color Checker Passport Profiles available in the dropdown, even after I have favorited them. I have tried copying Develop Settings and pasting them, but they remain in Adobe Standard (have also tried using the Sync Setting button but the same thing has happened). It’s a share this software doesn’t work better as the tool is amazing when it works. Any ideas?

    • Brenda K. Hipsher says:

      Profiles created for specific cameras will show up only with photos shot on that camera. Perhaps that could be the issue with the custom profile not appearing on particular photos. If this not the issue for you please contact cmsupport@xrite.com and allow us to document the issue for further study. Thank you!

  3. Denis says:

    What type of profiles are created?

    Are they .DCP or .ICC?



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