I have a notebook written in Mathematica 8 in which I imported Tiff images and everything worked fine. Since I installed Mathematica 9, I get the error:

In[14]:= Files[[1]][[1]]
Out[14]= Growth_1_130124_1353/Growth_1_130124_1353_T0001.tif
During evaluation of In[14]:= Image::imgcsmis: The specified color space ColorProfileData[<>,Description->sRGB IEC61966-2.1,DeviceColorSpace->RGB,IndependentColorSpace->XYZ] and the number of channels 1 are not compatible. >>
Out[15]= Image[RawArray[Byte,<1024,1360>],Byte,ColorSpace->ColorProfileData[<>,Description->sRGB IEC61966-2.1,DeviceColorSpace->RGB,IndependentColorSpace->XYZ],Interleaving->None]

How can I solve it? Cheers, Andrea

  • $\begingroup$ I found example TIFF images from old Mathematica versions; can you import this ? $\endgroup$ Jan 26, 2013 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps you could upload the TIFF file that's problematic? I've seen no problems with TIFF files on my system. $\endgroup$
    – cormullion
    Jan 26, 2013 at 16:54
  • $\begingroup$ Sure, this is the TIFF that doesn't import in my notebook dl.dropbox.com/u/7754460/Growth_1_130124_1353_T0001.tif $\endgroup$
    – Andrea
    Jan 26, 2013 at 17:08
  • $\begingroup$ I can confirm it works in 8.0.4 but not in 9. The image is ok with other software. $\endgroup$ Jan 26, 2013 at 17:20
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2 Answers 2


Photoshop complains that the ICC color profile of this picture is invalid and is ignoring it. So, there might be a problem with the picture itself. It is a 1-channel grayscale image but it reports a 3-channel RGB color space.

Mathematica 9 has the new ColorProfileData object which represents this information, and the importer wants to make use of that. Since the information contained in the file header apparently is incorrect Mathematica 9 has a problem here, where previous versions worked.

There is a workaround though, simply overwriting this incorrect information:

res = Import["https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7754460/Growth_1_130124_1353_T0001.tif"]

Mathematica graphics

res[[3]] = ColorSpace -> "Gray";


Mathematica graphics


Looks like it might be a problem introduced with the colorprofile additions. Perhaps Mathematica's getting confused with the grayscale model and RGB profile? Opens fine in Preview.

image details

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you very much for the workaround, I'll go for it for the moment. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – Andrea
    Jan 30, 2013 at 15:48

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