How to Install ICC Profiles

Installation using Windows OS:


  • Extract the downloaded .zip file by right clicking the zip folder and selecting “extract all”
  • Right-click on the unpacked ICC Profile and select "Install Profile". The installation will only take a few seconds

Alternative installation method: 

Manually move the .icc or .icm files to the following system directory:

  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 - C:/windows/system32/spool/drivers/color
  • Windows 95, 98 -  C:/windows/system/color
  • Windows NT - C:/winNT/system32/color

Note: Please restart your graphics application (e.g. Photoshop) if it was open during the profile installation.


Installation using Mac OS:

  • Double-click on the downloaded Zip file. The ICC Profile will be extracted in the same folder automatically
  • Move or copy and paste the extracted ICC profile(s) into the necessary folder below, dependent on your OS version

Mac OS X El Capitan – Go menu > *hold down option key* > Library > ColorSync > Profiles folder

Mac OS X Yosemite and earlier – Macintosh HD > Users > *Username* > Library > ColorSync > Profiles folder

Mac OS 8-9x – System folder > ColorSync folder

Not seeing your ColorSync folder?

On a MAC running 10.7 and up, the "library/colorsync/profiles" folder location may be locked by default and can only be unlocked by an admin. This results in the inability of a user to install your ICC print profiles per the normal instructions. You need to unlock the profile folder in order to install printer profiles.  

Unlock the profile folder by:

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

Note: Please restart your graphics application (e.g. Photoshop) if it was open during the profile installation.



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