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How to Use ezprints ICC Profile
For the most accurate results, it is advisable to calibrate your screen before downloading our ICC profile. The preferred method is using hardware calibration, such as the Colorvision Spyder or GretagMacbeth Eye-One, but you can also use the Adobe Gamma software included in Adobe Photoshop and our available calibration print. Simply Log In to your account and navigate to the Screen Calibration page in our
Help section. There, you can verify that your mailing address is correct, click a button, and the 8x10
image will be printed and mailed out in 3-5 days free of charge to you! If you have already received your copy of our calibration print, and would like to recalibrate, please contact our support team by email at
or by calling them at the lab at
where they will gladly assist you with your request.
We have one ICC profile that allows you to soft proof for both regular and large format sizes.
To install ICC profiles in Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP:
Download the profile to your desktop by right-clicking and selecting "Save Target As". Select the profile and right-click. A menu will pop up. Choose the "Install Profile" option. If the "Uninstall Profile" menu item appears, you already have an ICC profile of the same name installed.
To install ICC profiles in Windows 95:
Download the profile to your desktop by right-clicking and selecting "Save Target As". Copy the ICC profile file to the WINDOWS\SYSTEM\COLOR directory.
To install ICC profiles in Windows NT 4.0:
Download the profile to your desktop by right-clicking and selecting "Save Target As". Copy the ICC profile file to the WINNT\SYSTEM32\COLOR directory.
To install ICC profiles onto a Mac with OS X:
You should install profiles in one of two locations.
Copy the ICC profiles to the Users/[your login user name]/Library/ColorSync/Profiles folder. or
Copy the ICC profile files to the Library/ColorSync/Profiles folder. Note: Installing in this location requires the user to be an administrator of this system.
To install ICC profiles onto a Mac with OS 8.x or 9.x:
Download the profile to your computer. Copy the ICC profile files to the ColorSync Profiles folder located in the System folder.
If your monitor is properly calibrated, you will be able to use the ICC profile downloaded from our site to see what your prints will look like on our printers. The prints should be identical, regardless of what size print you choose to order.
To do a soft proof in Adobe Photoshop, follow these simple instructions:
Make sure you have the profiles installed. If you did the installation while Photoshop was running, please exit and reopen Photoshop.
Make sure that you are working in the sRGB workspace in Photoshop. Our printers make color adjustments based on the assumption that your file is sRGB (the standard color space for most digital cameras). To set sRGB as your workspace, go to Edit > Color Settings... and select sRGB from the dropdown menu next to RGB. If your image is CMYK, you will need to convert it to RGB. We require that the files uploaded to us be RGB.
When you are ready to see what your image will look like when it's printed, go to View > Proof Setup > Custom... A dialog box will pop up. On the Profile dropdown, select either ezprints.icc or from the list. Make sure the Preserve Color Numbers checkbox is NOT selected and click the Preview checkbox if you would like to preview the proofing. Select OK to make adjustments to the photo while the soft proofing is enabled.
To turn off the proof, go to View > View Proofs and uncheck it. This will return your view to the native sRGB.
The images below show you what a photograph looks like in the original sRGB and with soft proofing turned on for both of our printers. The difference should be most noticeable when your image has a lot of colors that are not easily reproducible on paper with a printer.
The screen calibration image is simply an image we've chosen which displays a
range of colors with which you can compare the output from our photograph
printers to the color-balance on your computer monitor or screen. By
comparing these differences and adjusting your monitor's color settings to
match the calibration image, you will be ensured that the digital images you
see on your screen will then be printed out in the same colors with minimal
variation in brightness, contrast, and hue. [top]
ICC Profile: An ICC (International Color Consortium) Profile is standardized file format
created by special computer software. An ICC Profile creates a common color space used for color management in printing workflow. ICC Profiles are
often used when it is necessary to compensate for color differences between dispirit devices like scanners, digital cameras, computer monitors, ink systems
printers, and/or printing presses. [top]
Soft proofing is a method that allows you to preview how a final printed photograph or piece of artwork will look when it has been printed by a particular printer. It simulates the colors of the final print using your computer and an ICC Profile, extrapolating the final color from the starting color of the image and the profile applied.