Understand ICC Profiles for a Printer - Windows

Article ID: ART159211 | Date published: 06/09/2015 | Date last updated: 02/19/2020


Learn about ICC profiles and how to use them to accurately render colors when printing with Canon ink and paper.


With ICC profiles, your printed images match the on-screen images when used with supported software.

Understand Canon ICC color profile files

ICC profiles for Canon paper install with the printer driver. The profiles are specific to images created in the Adobe® RGB color space (not sRGB), Canon paper, and Canon ink.

  • You can view the profiles with Adobe Photoshop® or any application that supports ICC color profiles.

  • You can also perform a file search for the profile and right-click, select Properties > Profile Information. The profile information format (shown below) lists the name of the printer, the Custom Quality setting in the driver (designated by a single digit number), and the paper type (designated by two alpha characters).

Image: Profile information example image that includes printer name as Canon, Printer model name as XXXXX, Media type as PR, and print quality as 1

(1) Printer model name

(2) Media type - Each alphabet pair represents its respective media type.

  • PR: = Photo Paper Pro and Photo Paper Pro II

  • SP: = Photo Paper Plus Glossy

  • MP: = Matte Photo Paper

  • SG: = Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss

  • GL: = Photo Paper Plus Glossy II

  • PT: = Photo Paper Pro Platinum

Note If your printer doesn't support one or more of the listed paper types, those profiles aren't installed. Refer to the printer manual for more information.

(3) Print quality - The numbers correspond to the numbers on the print quality slide bar in the Set Print Quality dialog box opened from the Print Quality tab of the driver. The lower the number, the finer the quality. (See an example below in step #5.)

Set a color profile and print

  1. Open the image you want to print and make any necessary edits.

  2. Check to make sure the correct ICC profile is assigned. The exact method varies by application. In Adobe Photoshop, from the Print or Print with Preview screen of Adobe Photoshop, select Photoshop Manages Colors, then select a profile as the printer profile. Clear the Black Point Compensation checkbox.

    Image: Photoshop Print Settings with Color Handling - Photoshop Manages Colors and Printer Profile - Canon MG6800 series PT2 highlighted. Also, an arrow points to the Black Point Compensation checkbox.

  3. Click the Print Settings button. Sometimes this is called Preferences or Properties.

  4. Select the Main tab.

  5. Set the Media Type and Print Quality. For Print Quality, select Custom and click Set...

Image: Canon MG6800 series Properties screen with Media Type field populated, Custom button selected, and Set button highlighted

  1. Select the appropriate Print Quality setting. (For example, if you have a profile that says PT2, set the print quality to 2.) Then, select OK.

Image: Print Quality Custom screen with slide bar indicating 2

  1. Select Manual for Color / Intensity.

  2. Select Set. The Manual Color Adjustment dialog box appears.

  3. Select the Matching tab.

  4. Select None for Color Correction.

  5. Select OK.

  6. Select Print.

More about ICC profiles

  • The most widely used color space for digital image data is the sRGB color space. Certain cameras, such as many in the the EOS line, are capable of recording image data in Adobe RGB color space which provides a better match of the color reproduction ranges.

  • Adobe RGB color space provides a broader color gamut than sRGB, particularly for colors in the cyan to green region. Dedicated ICC profiles allow images recorded with extended color gamut in the Adobe RGB color space to be printed using the full color reproduction range of inkjet printers and avoid the substitution of color data.

If your product issue was not resolved after following the steps above, or if you require additional help, please create or log in to your Canon Account to see your technical support options.

Or if you still need help, visit our Canon Community by clicking the button below to get answers:

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