Getting and installing ICC profiles

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This article is part of the Tips & Tricks series.
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Note: This issue is now resolved in Scribus 1.2.3 and current Scribus 1.3.1cvs.

Details: Put your personal profiles in $home/.color/icc or system profiles for all users on Linux/Unix in /usr/share/color/.icc --mrdocs 00:24, 19 Sep 2005 (CEST)

System Requirements

You'll need LittleCMS installed on your system. From the top menu bar, please go to the Help menu and select About Scribus. The splash screen will display with the infos on compiled version of Scribus. This should be followed by the 3 letters C-C-T that stands for the library support. If one letter is missing, ie. replaced by a *, it means it's not installed. C=Cups, C=LittleCMS, T=TIFF support. If you find out, that Littlecms is missing, you'll have to install it first together with its development libraries.

Enabling color management

  • For Scribus => 1.2.3: go to Settings>Color Management and enable the checkbox Activate color management
  • For Scribus => 1.3.1: go to Edit>Preferences...>Color Management and enable the checkbox Activate color management

Getting and installing additional ICC profiles

Scribus (since 1.2.3 respectively 1.3.1) already contains a few standard ICC profiles which are necessary to use the color management. However, you can add and use your own ICC profiles.

Adobe has released under very liberal licensing terms a group of CMYK press icm profiles. These would be a good beginning default set of press profiles for Scribus if you are planning to send Scribus files (PS or PDF) to a commercial printer. These profiles include US, European and Japanese press defaults. http://download.adobe.com/pub/adobe/iccprofiles/win/AdobeICCProfiles.zip

From the European Color Initiative (ECI) you can get some brand new ISO 12647-2 compliant ICC profiles for offset printing output on. They should reflect the capabilities of modern printing processes, but you have to check with your print shop. ECI Offset Color Standards

To install additional ICC profiles, just put your personal profiles into $home/.color/icc or system profiles for all users on Linux/Unix into /usr/share/color/.icc.

Installing ICC profiles

System wide installation for superusers

  • As user root, copy your ICC profiles into the $prefix/lib/scribus/profiles directory, where $prefix on most systems will be /usr or /usr/local
  • You need a minimum of 1 RGB color space ICC profile and 1 CMYK ICC color space profile for the color managment options to be enabled.
  • Launch scribus, choose from the menu Settings>Color Management and check the Activate Color Management checkbox. Done.

Installation for mortals

  • As a normal user, launch scribus, choose Settings>Preferences..., choose the General option in the Preferences dialog, and point ICC Profiles to the directory, where your ICC profiles are located
  • You need a minimum of 1 RGB color space ICC profile and 1 CMYK ICC color space profile for the color managment options to be enabled.
  • Choose from the menu Settings>Color Management and check the Activate Color Management checkbox. Done.