Tuesday, December 4, 2012

How to install ICC color printer profiles (Mac)

The ICC files must be placed in the proper folder for your software to see and use them.
Follow these steps and the restart Photoshop if you have it running.

Written instructions for Mac

Step One

Double click on the zipped file you downloaded from our site

Step Two

Copy and paste the profile (the colorful icon file) to the proper folder below.

Apple OS 10.4 and up - ICC File Folder Location

The standard location where you should copy and paste profiles -

Mac HD > Library > Colorsync > Profiles
If you do not see the profile available in Photoshop or other software try this location -

Mac HD > Library > Colorsync > Profiles > Profiles
If you encounter problems in color management or odd software behavior try putting profiles in this alternative location -

Users > "User Name" > Library > Colorsync > Profiles
10.7 Lion Special Notes

On a MAC running LION (10.7), the library/colorsync/profiles may be locked by default and can only be unlocked by an admin.  This state results in the inability of a user to install your icc print profiles per the normal instructions. Lion users may need to add unlock the profile folder in order to install printer profiles.

You must:

1. select the profile folder
2. select file/get info (top line menu bar)
3. click on unlock icon (bottom right of dialog box) and provide admin passwords
4. change folder access state to read and write.
5. click and drag (or copy and paste) the profile into the folder
6. reverse the process.

Any applications (such as Photoshop) that will use the profiles must be QUIT and restarted to see the new profiles.

Step 3

Restart Photoshop. The profiles will now be ready for use.

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