Input Only Color Profile Error in Adobe Photoshop

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Sometimes PhotoShop throws an error and tells me that can it can not place a document that I’m dragging into another document because the current document has an input-only color profile.

Adobe Photoshop Error: Could not place the document because the current document has an input-only color profile.
Adobe Photoshop Error: “Could not place the document because the current document has an input-only color profile.”

This is an annoying error, but an easy and quick PhotoShop issue to resolve!

To change your color profile from input-only in PhotoShop, go to Edit > Convert to Profile.

Adobe PhotoShop > Edit > Convert to Profile
Adobe PhotoShop > Edit > Convert to Profile

Under Destination Space, select Working RGB (digital photo) or Working CMYK (print photo). Finally, click the OK button.

The above-listed steps will change your file’s color profile so that once again, you can drag and drop other files into your document, and the input-only color profile error message will no longer be displayed.

Under Destination Space select Working RGB or Working CMYK. Finally, click the OK button.

I hope this quick fix works for you, too.

If this blog post fixes your issue, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Also, if you have another way of addressing this PhotoShop error, please share away!

Happy Designing!

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