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COLOUR MANAGEMENT USING ICC PROFILES AND ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

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One of the biggest issues we face when printing with an inkjet printer is actually getting your printed image to look as it did on screen.

 

The conflict between the printer's colour management system and the photo printing software can cause some very wayward results.

 

A custom ICC Print Profile is the answer, a binary file with customised data to calibrate between an input and output device. This configures a the different variables when printing-

  • The printer
  • The inks
  • The paper

A custom profile is set for a particular printer, the ink set it is using and the photographic media it is printing on to.

 

Using a custom ICC Print Profile with a program such as Adobe Photoshop will give perfect results everytime.

 

HOW TO INSTALL ICC PROFILES ON TO YOUR COMPUTER

 

Windows PC Platform > Copy & Paste files in to directory

  • Windows 7, VISTA, XP > \Windows\System32\spool\drivers\color
  • Windows 2000, NT > \Winnt\system32\spool\drivers\color
  • Windows 98, ME > Windows\system\color

Macintosh Platform > Drag and Drop files in

  • MAC OS X > /Library/ColorSync/Profiles 
  • MAC OS 9.X > System Folder:ColorSync Profiles

SETTING UP COLOUR MANAGEMENT CORRECTLY

 

Please find PDF guides below showing how to correctly setup the colour management with Adobe Photoshop.

 

Adobe Photoshop <CS Colour Managment Guide

 

Colour Management Guide Download click here

NB: Setup for Adobe Photoshop < CS and earlier versions

 

Adobe Photoshop >CS2 Colour Managment Guide

 

Colour Management Guide Download click here

NB: Setup for Adobe Photoshop > CS2 and later versions

 

TEST IMAGES

 

Below are downloadable free test images, a great way of ensuring good calibration between your monitor and printer is to use a well known image. The PDI test image (far right) is a popular image, everything in the image is there for a reason...

itcolour and itmono test images are courtesy of www.imageplace.co.uk

pdi test image is courtesy of www.photodisc.com

  

itcolour test imagepdi test imageitmono test image

 

itcolour test image download click here                           itmono test image download click here                            PDI test image download click here