Installing ICC Profiles for use in Photoshop?

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  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

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    Using 10.9.3 and Photoshop CS6:

    I just downloaded an ICC profile from Costco at the site they linked me to http://www.profilemyphotos.com

    and I placed the ICC file into /Library/ColorSync/Profiles

    I quit Photoshop and reopened it, though when I go to View > Proof Setup > Custom, the new profile does not display under Device to Simulate.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sharon22 macrumors regular

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  3. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you, I will check to see if I missed any steps.
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I just downloaded the large format profile as a test. In Photoshop CC 2014, the profile appears as GWD_L-Format_Type2_20140521.
    If you open the ColorSync Utility in /Applications/Utilities, you will be able to see all the profiles installed on your computer, and if you click on them, you can click on each to find what the custom profile is called.
    Also, I strongly recommend updating your Mac to 10.9.5 and the subsequent security updates. You're missing very important security fixes.
     
  5. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I do see it in color synch, however:

    1. if you have lots of profiles installed, is there an easy way to figure out the name of the one you recently installed? some way to sort by date, etc. I'm not sure how I would know that the Costco profile was GWD_S-Format_Type2_20140509 unless I was very familiar with the existing profiles on my Mac. The page it was downloaded did not list the name of the profile.

    2. I still do not see this profile listed in the drop-down for Device to simulate in PS.

    Thanks.
     
  6. chrfr macrumors 603

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    To answer #1: no, I'm not aware of a way to easily find the internal name of the ICC profile.
    2. Have you quit and reopened Photoshop since copying the profile, and are you sure it's either in your home/Library/ColorSync/Profiles or /Library/ColorSync/Profiles folder?
     
  7. sharon22 macrumors regular

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    I'm a big fan of an app called, "Find Any File." In fact, I've completely disabled spotlight, and exclusively use "Find Any File" because it is exactly like the "Find File" app form the olden days of Mac OS9.

    Anyway, whenever I dowload something, and don't know what the heck I downloaded (or where it got "put" on my computer), I click on "Find Any File" and choose "Modified within the last 5 minutes." A list of files will appear of any 'new' files that got downloaded within the past 5 minutes, and in your case, voila -- you'll see the ICC right away.
     
  8. chrfr macrumors 603

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    The issue that the OP is having is that the ColorSync profile has a different name in the file system (which the find any file app would see) than the internal name of the profile, which is what Photoshop shows. Find utilities won't help with that.
     
  9. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Another similar question: I want to download printer profiles for an Epson ink jet printer that I will be printing to but do not own. There are no ICC profiles on the Epson website for download for this printer. There are only old ones for PowerPC Macs for download. I've called Epson twice, spoken to three people, and was told that the only way to get the profiles is to plug the printer into the Mac via usb, go to System Preferences, Printers, and download the drivers and the ICC profiles get downloaded that way. I tried to explain that I do not own the printer and can not plug it it in. The people I spoke with did not understand, and English was definitely not their first language.

    Anyone know how this is done?

    Thanks.
     
  10. sharon22 macrumors regular

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    Nowadays, even people with English as their FIRST language have completely lost their ability to communicate! It is said that this is the "age of communication." I believe this is the "age of non-communication." Anti-communication. The Opposite of Communication. Right? I will call someone or some company, and, they actually ask you to please EMAIL or TEXT them from now on instead! (Ostensibly for "our convenience" e.g. "instead of waiting to talk to us, you can send us an email...") To me, that is AntiCommunication (and an insult to those who still enjoy a voice/real conversation). With the plethora of social media venues, instant texting, email, little cameras embedded in all of our devices, instant this, instant that, think back, I challenge anybody to remember the last meaningful communication they had with anybody. Remember the days of the Payphone (you know, back when you could ask if they 'had a phonebook' and they wouldn't look at you like a deer in the headlights?)? More conversations and meaningful communication happened back then than anytime nowadays.

    Anyway, sorry Stanw, I know this has nothing to do with you, or your post... I just saw the words "English second language," and that sort of activated a 'rant' I had percolating in my subconscious! :D

    To try to answer your question, I just wonder if ICC profiles are not necessarily Operating-System Dependent. In other words, what would happen if you install a PowerPC ICC profile? I would think it wouldn't harm anything; rather, it would either work, or it would not. (I would delete it, though, just to be safe, if it didn't work).

    Here's a whole thread dealing with this exact topic. I didn't have time to read it thoroughly, but it looks like there is a solution!
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4660208

    Good luck!!
     
  11. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Exactly which model printer is it?

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    ICC profiles are not OS-specific, but Epson's installers for old printer profiles may only be PowerPC applications.
     
  12. sharon22 macrumors regular

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    I wonder if it's possible to 'extract' the ICC from an Installer? Either via "Show Package Contents" or via an app like Pacifist. When you expand the installer (to see all the files, resources, folders, etc.,), the ICC would be visible, no?
     
  13. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Most of the old Epson installers are by Vise so they usually can't be expanded like a standard Apple Installer package.
     
  14. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the Vise installer is what the issue is.
     
  15. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Again, what model printer is it?
     
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    I just downloaded the Epson driver package from Apple, found here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1398
    This includes profiles for the R1800.
     
  18. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would have never checked the apple site. Thanks!
     

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