How to install ICC paper color profiles on Mac and Windows

Posted on 06. May, 2009 by in Colour management, design, Photoshop

STEP 1 & 3 for initial set-up

1. Search online for the photo paper ICC profile from the paper manufacturer, and download.

2. Unzip. If the is a self executable install (.exe or .app) click it and go to step 3. If not…

3. Manually copy the ICC in the “Profile” folder

For Leopard OSX 10.5 the folder is here: HardDrive/Library/ColorSync/Profiles
For OSX 10.3 or 10.4 the folder is here: HardDrive/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Profiles
Windows Vista: C:/WINDOWS/system32/spooldrivers/color
Windows XP: C:/WINDOWS/system32/spooldrivers/color
Windows 2000: C:/WINNT/spooldrivers/color

Restart Photoshop if needed.

STEP 4 & 5 for EACH time you print

4. Open Photoshop’s Print dialogue (Ctrl+P, Cmd+P) and select the ICC profile that matched your paper. See Example screen capture below)

print settings options page setup mac5. Choose the recommended “printer settings options”*. Most photo Canadian paper manufacturers satellitedishcanada offer recommended printer settings in a PDF/Readme file or online. Keep this info so you will know what printer settings options to choose.

*For Windows: Click “PAGE SETUP”, in Photoshop’s Print dialogue, to obtain printer settings option
*For Mac: Click “PRINT”, in Photoshop’s Print dialogue, to obtain MAC printer settings options.



Say you have just bought Hahnemuehle Fine Art – Photo Rag Satin paper and have an Epson R2400 printer on Mac OSX 10.5.

1. Look for the icc section and the printer at

2. Download and Unzip:

3. With OSX 10.5, place it here: HardDrive/Library/ColorSync/Profiles/HFA_Eps2400_MK_PRSatin.icc

4. Ensure you have the right settings in Photoshop’s Print dialogue.

5. In the printer settings options*, choose: Velvet Fine Art Paper, Quality: Best Photo, High-Speed (as recommended in documentation)

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2 Responses to “How to install ICC paper color profiles on Mac and Windows”

  1. Mark Barner

    16. Feb, 2011

    Thanks for the guide. I just forwarded it to a customer who asked me how and I didnt have to explain other than showing him this blog :-)


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