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Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 ICC Profiles

I have made a set of ICC profiles for the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 Film Scanner that can be used when scanning slide film. It might be possible to use them with negative film, but I have not tested this. Note that nothing can replace a set of custom profiles for your own scanner, but some people might find that these perform better than at least the ones included with the minolta software. Specifically, they should help eliminate the magenta colour cast commonly found in scans from this scanner.

Disclaimer: these ICC profiles are provided as is and without warranty. If you have trouble using them, feel free to contact me, but I may take a very long time to reply depending on how busy I am.

» Profile Download

There are four profiles available for download for different slide films:

Fujichrome Velvia 50
Fujichrome Velvia 100F / Astia 100F
Fujichrome Astia / Provia / Sensia
kodak ektachrome

You don't necessarily have to be using the specific films that were used to make the profiles. However, you should be using slide film to successfully use these profiles. You should also use the same or similar scanner settings that were used to make the profiles. See details below.

» Scanner Settings

The following settings were used in the minolta dimage scan v.1.1.5 software when making the profiles. For optimal performance, you should use the same or similar settings when using the profiles.

Mode: Color Positive
Digital Ice: On
Grain Dissolver: On
Pixel Polish: Off
Color Depth : 16 bit (not linear!)
Auto Expose: Off
Color Matching: Off
Exposure Adjustment: None
Image Correction: None

» How To Use the Profiles

The principle behind using the profiles is that you scan an image using the settings above and then you tag the scan with the appropriate profile (unfortunately, you can't do this directly in the Minolta Dimage scan software). This allows an ICC aware application to properly display the image. Typically the scan would then be converted into a working colour space (such as Adobe RGB 1998) for editing and storage.

For a windows machine, you must first copy the profiles to the appropriate system directory. The paths for different windows versions are as follows:

Windows 9x: c:\windows\system\ color
Windows NT: c:\winnt\system32\color
Windows 2000: c:\winnt\system32\spool\drivers\color
Windows XP: c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\color

The instructions on how to use the profiles in Adobe Photoshop CS are as follows:

  1. Make sure Photoshop has the appropriate colour settings. Under edit>color settings, make sure the following options are set:
    • Working spaces>RGB = Adobe RGB (1998) [or another appropriate working space]
    • Color management policies>RGB = preserve embedded profiles
    • Missing profiles>ask when opening = checked
  2. File>open the scan
  3. You should get a "missing profile" dialog box. Choose:
    • Assign profile: - Minolta DiMAGE 5400 - ...
    • Check the box to convert to the working colour space

The image has now been converted from the colour space of the scanner to a standard space, such as Adobe RGB (1998). The colours of the scanned image should now match the original slide better than before the use of the profile.

» How the Profiles Were Made

The profiles were made using IT 8.7 scanner colour calibration targets purchased from Wolf Faust and the free software IPhotoMinusICC. This does not result in the most sophisticated and accurate scanner profiles, but I have found the results to be adequate. Here is a tutorial on colour management and making your own custom scanner profiles. I strongly encourage you to make your own custom scanner profiles to get the most out of your scanner.