Lightroom Desktop: Why can't I import Color Profiles

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Here is another issue with the cloud version of Lightroom, making me wonder why I'm paying for it.  Why can't I import profiles?  Is this more of an amateur application.  They should tell you that before you buy it.
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Actually this is available now but it is buried in the menu.

Click Profile
Tap [...] icon at top of profile list
Choose Import Profiles...
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I tried that. It doesn’t work. I’m trying to import .icc files from nations photo lab. Adobe tech support couldn’t get it to work either. I’d be happy to send them to you to see if you can import them.
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That is correct and as-designed behavior. The ICC profile is typically used in printing or in soft proofing - neither of which is available in Lightroom Desktop. 

Lightroom Classic would be able to use this profile for either soft proofing or printing. 
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Hmm, you’re saying that as if it’s a good idea to not include this functionality. Why did they intentionally leave that out. Is there a reason I’m not understanding? I’m paying monthly for it, and assumed it was a pro level product when I started using it. How do I get my free copy of Lightroom Classic now that I need a second version of it to do something the other version should do? I’m having a similar issue with exporting watermarked files at their full resolution. The classic version does this, but not the desktop version.
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Why would you want to import an ICC-profile in Lightroom desktop? What do you think you would be able to do with it? Mind you, ICC-profiles are not the same as the camera profiles that Lightroom uses in the edits.
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What would I be able to do with it?? The same thing anyone would do with it in the classic version. Is that a serious question?
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Yes, it is a serious question. The only thing anyone could do with it in Lightroom Classic is print related. Lightroom cloud cannot print however. It is aimed at a different audience, who will probably never print themselves, let alone use soft proofing. Maybe it’s not the right tool for you. Like you said yourself, it is an amateur application.
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Yes, I’m using the profiles to see what my prints will look like on different surfaces from my printing service. They don’t advertise it as an amateur application, that’s why I’m upset.
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To do this you’d need a soft proof option, and ideally also the possibility to edit while soft proofing. Lightroom cloud does not have this, hence my question what you would do with these profiles if you could import them somehow. Maybe soft proofing is planned for some future version, I don’t know.
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You're looking for soft proofing, which is not an advertised feature for the cloud-based Lightroom service. 

This isn't a question of amateur vs. professional, because Cloudy has enough features for many professionals and some amateurs want features that are only in Classic. It's just a question of picking the version that suits you best.

Each version has strengths. Classic's strength is in managing a large volume of photos in a local folder system, and it's been developed for many years, so it has a wider range of features. The Cloudy apps, in contrast, are much much newer and focus their strengths on multiple device use. 

If you wish to switch, Customer Services would be able to help you switch your subscription, if your current sub doesn't include Classic. 

As far as different surfaces go, since you'll be viewing them all on a glossy screen, there's a limited amount of benefit to soft proofing, so you may decide that easy multiple device use is a higher priority for you.
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What if I’m viewing on a more professional non glossy screen? I recently had images printed on to a metal surface and it looked way different. Than what I expected. The printing service I was using recommended that I use their profiles.
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When prints (on any media) look way different than what you see onscreen it's most likely due to your display settings. In most cases the brightness is set too high causing prints to look dark.

https://blog.xritephoto.com/2011/05/color-management-questions-why-are-my-prints-too-dark/#sthash.Ca...

The best solution is to use a monitor calibrator and adjust the display brightness to a setting between 100-120 cd/m2. You can do a quick check of your display settings by using the White Saturation and Black Level charts at the below site.

http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/