How to create LCP profiles

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You can easily create LCP (Lens Correction Profile) profiles using Adobe Lens Profile Creator.

This section explains how to install Adobe Lens Profile Creator and how to get you started using it.


Installation in Linux

When you run Wine it will create a basic Windows system by default in $HOME/.wine. That is called a "Wine prefix". While it's fine to leave it like that, you can run each Windows program in its own Wine prefix, so that you can easily and cleanly remove all traces of one program without affecting the others. For example you might keep Adobe DNG Converter in its own Wine prefix in $HOME/wine-dng and decide to try out some proprietary Windows HDR program. You might find out that you don't like this program, or that the trial period has expired, or that it simply doesn't work. Uninstalling it, if the uninstaller even works, is known to leave things behind. If, on the other hand, you installed this program to its own Wine prefix, say $HOME/wine-hdr, you could simply delete that folder and that program would be gone without a trace, without affecting Adobe DNG Converter. Creating a new Wine prefix is very simple. All you have to do is to prepend WINEPREFIX=$HOME/some-folder before the "wine" command. If that folder does not exist, Wine will create it for you.

We will be using $HOME/wine-dng as the Wine prefix.

  1. Install Wine, preferably using your package manager.
  2. Set up the Wine prefix:
    WINEPREFIX="$HOME/wine-dng" wineboot --init
  3. Download Adobe Lens Profile Creator for Windows.
  4. At the time of writing, the latest version is 1.0.4 and it is a plain zip file. Extract it somewhere, and move the Adobe Lens Profile Creator 1.0.4 folder to ~/wine-dng/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/
  5. Run Adobe Lens Profile Creator:
    WINEPREFIX="$HOME/wine-dng" wine "$HOME/wine-dng/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Adobe Lens Profile Creator 1.0.4/Adobe Lens Profile Creator.exe"
  6. Add an alias so that you can run Adobe Lens Profile Creator from a console with ease:
    echo "alias lcp='WINEPREFIX=\"\$HOME/wine-dng\" wine \"\$HOME/wine-dng/drive_c/Program Files (x86)/Adobe Lens Profile Creator 1.0.4/Adobe Lens Profile Creator.exe\"'" >> ~/.bashrc && exec bash
  7. To run Adobe Lens Profile Creator, just type lcp in a console.

Installation in Windows

  1. Download Adobe Lens Profile Creator for Windows.
  2. Install Adobe Lens Profile Creator.

Usage

Basically you need to print a checker-pattern chart and photograph it at various apertures, and at various zoom levels if using a zoom lens. You then open these photos in Adobe Lens Profile Creator, enter some metadata, scan the chart, and out comes the LCP.

The Adobe Lens Profile Creator User Guide PDF explains the whole process. You can find it on Adobe's Digital Negative Resources page, look in the "Adobe Lens Profile Creator" section for "read the user guide (PDF, 1.64 MB)".