Standard CMYK color spaces

Does anybody know of any standard CMYK color space ICC profiles that exist in the wild? I’m hoping to convince the copyright owners to release them under a free licence. The Adobe, ECI and IDEAlliance profiles are all really non-free and thus we can’t ship them by default. Thanks!

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Richard has over 10 years of experience developing open source software. He is the maintainer of GNOME Software, PackageKit, GNOME Packagekit, GNOME Power Manager, GNOME Color Manager, colord, and UPower and also contributes to many other projects and opensource standards. Richard has three main areas of interest on the free desktop, color management, package management, and power management. Richard graduated a few years ago from the University of Surrey with a Masters in Electronics Engineering. He now works for Red Hat in the desktop group, and also manages a company selling open source calibration equipment. Richard's outside interests include taking photos and eating good food.

5 thoughts on “Standard CMYK color spaces”

  1. Adobe recently released their CMap stuff under very permissive licenses (BSD), perhaps they would be willing to do so for ICC profiles too. Contact this guy, he might be able to help:

    Ken Lunde

  2. The IDEAlliance publishes some CMYK profiles on their website. I am not too up on CYMK anylonger but they publish three standard icc profiles available at:

    The download does not have a licence with it but the web page has a copyright notice on it and the icc profiles have a copyright notice embedded in them from X-Rite Inc! Perhaps it is worth approaching X-Rite and the IDEAlliance to see if these could be distributed under a copyleft scheme?

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