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How to install profiles on your computer - Apple / Mac

Need to uninstall profiles? Click here

The ICC files must be placed in the proper folder for your software to see and use them.
If you use Photoshop CS4 or earlier, or Photoshop Elements, restart your computer after following these instructions.

Click for Windows instructions

Use 10.14 Mojave, 10.13 High Sierra or 10.11 El Capitan? Click here for the step-by-step instructions.

This video covers OSX 10.5 thru 10.10 and 10.12 Sierra

Written Instructions

Step One

Double click on the zipped file you downloaded from our site. The unzipped folder will include two files - the profile and an instructions file. Open and read the instructions file!

Step Two

To "install" a printer profile, you will need to copy and paste the profile to the system folder location listed below.

You will copy and paste the profile only. Do not attempt to copy the entire folder as that will not properly install your profile.

You may see an administrator authentication box appear when pasting the profile. Just enter your admin password where prompted.

Go to - Macintosh HD > Library > Colorsync > Profiles

The profiles will now be ready for use in the print dialog of your photo editing or print software.

Trouble Shooting

Need help finding the profile folder on your computer? Click here

Locked Profile Folders in 10.7+

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 state results in the inability of a user to install your icc print profiles per the normal instructions. You may need to add unlock the profile folder in order to install printer profiles.  

You must:

  • 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.

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



Next Steps - Using Profiles

After the profile is installed, you will use them during the print process, in the print dialog of your photo software. Click here for tutorials on how to use ICC printer color profiles.


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