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Installing Our ICC Printer Profiles


ICC-profilesInstalling our ICC printer profiles is easy, just follow these simple instructions below. Your image editing software will then be able to make use of it when you are soft proofing your print files.

Important: Before starting please close your image editing software (Photoshop, Lightroom etc.. )

Profile Installation Instructions for PC users

  1. Download our ICC printer profiles by registering here.
  2. After registration you will receive an email with a zip file attachment, right-click and select extract,
  3. Right-click on the profile you require and selecting “Save Target As”
  4. Save the profile to somewhere convenient, such as My Documents or Desktop
  5. Then right-click on the downloaded profile, e.g. file named TAPR_Hahn_William Turner.icc
  6. A menu will appear, choose the top option from the menu Install Profile.
  7. Note: Please restart your image editing software (e.g. Photoshop and/or Lightroom) if it was open during the profile installation.

You will find your profile has been saved in the following location:

Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 – C:/windows/system32/spool/drivers/color
Windows 95, 98 – C:/windows/system/color
Windows NT – C:/winNT/system32/color

Profile Installation Instructions for Mac users

  1. Click on the ICC profile to save it to your Downloads folder
  2. Now move the extracted ICC profile to the proper folder listed below
  3. Drag and drop the profile to HD > User > Library > ColorSync > Profiles
  4. For OS X Lion you will have to open the Finder, hold down the ALT key and click on GO at the top to access your Library folder.
  5. Note: Please restart your image editing software (e.g. Photoshop) if it was open during the profile installation.

Soft Proofing – How to Achieve Predicatable Colour in Your Prints

Your colour monitor or screen can display a much larger range of colours than can be reproduced in a print and this is often the reason why your print doesn’t sometimes match what you see on the screen.

Colour management’s aim is for you to be able to get the image that you have printed to appear as close as possible to what your screen displays. Soft proofing is a great tool that allows you to simulate temporarily how your image will appear on your chosen print media and takes account of the printer, the paper and the ink.

Achieving an accurate soft proof requires that you have the following:

  • A calibrated and profiled monitor
  • An output profile for the specific combination of printer, ink and paper
  • Colour managed image editing software, such as Photoshop/Lightroom

In Photoshop select View / Proof Setup / Custom.

From the drop down list under Device to Simulate, choose the ICC profile for your chosen media, e.g. for Hahnemuhle William Turner it will be TAPR-Hahn William Turne.icc

Uncheck Preserve RGB Numbers.
Choose either Relative or Perceptual under Rendering Intent.
Make sure Black Point Compensation and Simulate Black Ink are checked
You can also turn on Simulate Paper Color to be able to judge the dynamic range.
You can now toggle Proof Colors (CMD – Y) on and off to see a soft proof of your image.
Turning on Gamut Warning will allow you to see those colours that are out of gamut (range), these colours will be highlighted in grey.