Creates a platform-specific color space.


CGColorSpaceRef CGColorSpaceCreateWithPlatformColorSpace(const void *ref);



A generic pointer to a platform-specific color space. In macOS, pass a CMProfileRef—a ColorSync profile. Quartz uses this pointer (and the underlying information) only during the function call.

Return Value

A new color space. You are responsible for releasing this object by calling CGColorSpaceRelease. If unsuccessful, returns NULL.


Colors in a device-dependent color space are not transformed or otherwise modified when displayed on an output device—that is, there is no attempt to maintain the visual appearance of a color. As a consequence, colors in a device color space often appear different when displayed on different output devices. For this reason, device color spaces are not recommended when color preservation is important.

See Also

Creating Generic or Device-Dependent Color Spaces


Creates a device-dependent CMYK color space.


Creates a device-dependent grayscale color space.


Creates a device-dependent RGB color space.

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