Installing and Assigning Custom Scanner Profiles

Installing the profile

We usually send your profiles as email attachments.

Installation for windows: The above procedure copies the file to the colour drivers folder in your operating system - typically found at path C:\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\color Navigate there in windows explorer if you'd like to check that your profile has been installed.

Installation for MAC OS: That icc scanner profile is now installed! All colour managed software should now be able to use the profile.

Assigning a Custom Scanner Profile

Using a scanner profile is a matter of Assigning it to each scanned image and then optionally Converting the image to a standard colour space such as AdobeRGB1998.

Assigning a profile is like attaching a colour explanation to each pixel of the image. This allows colour managed programs such as Photoshop to accurately display the image's colours on your monitor.

Below are 2 ways to assign your Custom Scanner Profile to you scanned images.

Scanner Driver

A typical ICM settings dialogue might look like this.


Often they will use the terminology 'Source' meaning assigned profile and 'Target' meaning the profile to convert to.

A word of warning: Manufactures often use the same driver shell for all scanners in a range. This can mean that while the control appears to be available in the driver it does absolutely nothing in reality! We have noticed this on a number of popular scanners. To test - scan an image twice - Once using the ICM within the driver and once without. If both your scans look exactly the same, this functionality is not working!


First check your Photoshop Colour Settings - Click Edit, Click Color Settings


Check that: Click OK when you have edited your settings

Upon opening a raw scan a dialogue box like this will appear

Select Assign profile then locate your scanner profile in the drop down list. It will be there if you have properly installed the scanner profile. Next Tick 'and then convert document to working RGB' (optional).

The image will appear on screen (in your working RGB colour space) with correctly represented colours. If you followed my suggestion above, the working colour space will be AdobeRGB1998

Finally save the image and don't forget to Tick ICC Profile: Adobe RGB (1998) in the save options dialogue box.