Photoshop/Elements: Request EXIF profile tag in output file can be set to sRGB without embedded profile

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For input files, Photoshop has a file handling preference checkbox that can be set to use the “EXIF Profile Tag” to identify the appropriate working color space profile when a profile is not embedded in the file. I request a corresponding option to set the EXIF profile tag when a profile is not embedded in the output file. At present for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements when a profile is not embedded in the output file, the EXIF profile tag is always set to Uncalibrated, even if the working color space for the image is sRGB. It would be useful to have an option that would allow the EXIF profile tag in an output file to be set to sRGB when that is the working color space and there is no embedded profile.

Some people and imaging products prefer to not embed a profile when the EXIF profile tag indicates sRGB because it is an unnecessary redundancy that increases file size. For most internet use and commercial printing, the embedded profile is not used and the file is assumed to be sRGB. The EXIF profile tag is a good way to verify sRGB. The EXIF profile tag is easily accessible with the Windows operating system and can be used to answer the important question of whether the working color space for an image is sRGB that will be suitable for the internet and for commercial printing. It can be misleading if an image that was made with the sRGB color space has the EXIF tag set to Uncalibrated.

Photoshop recognizes the use of the EXIF profile tab for input files. Providing a similar option for output files would broaden the usefulness of Photoshop and be more consistent and intuitive with how many imaging products operate.

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Jim Kennedy

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