All the color profiles I have installed on my computer "distort" colors in some way.

I want a color profile that is straight 1:1 color matching. I'll try to explain what I mean the best I can.

For example, if I open an image file that has a pixel with the following RGB values: (R: 96, G: 50, B: 253), the corresponding pixel on my monitor will output the exact same RGB values: (R: 96, G: 50, B: 253).

Such a color profile would have no space transformations. No need for a specified gamut, gamma correction, custom color responses, etc. Just a direct 1:1 color input and output.

Where can I get a color profile like that?

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    Do you know why people install color profiles in the first place, or put a lot of effort into creating a color profile for a monitor? Also, it sounds like you have digital data. Where did the digital data come from, and what makes you feel that it accurately represents the original colors (e.g. from a photograph)? – Slartibartfast Mar 19 '18 at 0:40

If you want your monitor to display accurate color, like a "straight 1:1 color match" with the intended image colors, you should get and use an accurate color profile for your monitor. There is no "default" or "straight" setting, color profiles try to recreate accurate colors.

From Neil Barstow's websitse colour management, why do I need it? why is colour management important?:

Anyone who has ever scanned an image or taken a digital photo, looked at it on a computer screen and then printed it can easily appreciate why we need colour management in digital imaging. Those things don't just automatically "match" and colour management is what solves the riddle of "why not?"

Input, display and output devices do not interpret digital colour the same way.


In the mid 90's, the introduction of Apple's Colorsync 2.0 technology was a milestone in colour management on the desktop. This system level software enabled the use of device profiles, these profiles characterize the devices we use by measuring the way those individual devices reproduce special test charts during the process of scanning or capture, printing or viewing. Microsoft introduced similar system level colour in Windows 2000.

Wikipedia says this about ICC profile:

In color management, an ICC profile is a set of data that characterizes a color input or output device, or a color space, according to standards promulgated by the International Color Consortium (ICC). ... Every device that captures or displays color can be profiled.

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