Photoshop: Where do I install Printer Profiles on macOS?

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I run all the Lightroom and Photoshop tutorials for our Camera Club.

I am trying to install Ilford profiles on a club member's MAC so they can use Ilford paper in their Epson printer.

I have researched and found that there are 3 potential locations for these profiles to be placed.

1.       Go/computer/Mac HD/Library/ColorSync/Profiles

2.       Go/computer/Mac HD/Users//Library/ColorSync/Profiles



3.       Go/computer/Mac HD/Library > Application support > Adobe > Color > Profiles

I have tried locations 1 & 3 (location 2 does not exist so all installations have been for general use rather than for the use of the specific user) BUT the Ilford profiles do not appear in Photoshop CC.

The originally printer installed Epson profiles appear in Photoshop.

However I have searched through the MAC for the Epson profiles so I can place the Ilford profiles in the same location BUT cannot find them. Where are they?

SO where do I locate the Ilford profiles so they appear in Photoshop CC!!!???

Starting to pull my hair out!
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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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Location 2 also exists and that's the one you need, but it is hidden. Select the 'Go' menu in the Finder and hold the shift key down. That should reveal the user/Library menu. Depending on the version of MacOS X, it may also be the Option key rather than the Shift key. You can also hit Command+Shift+L from the MacOS Finder to immediately jump to the ~/Library directory of the active user account.

Epson's own profiles are stored inside the printer driver package. That is not where you should store the Ilford profiles, however.
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Johan,

The option key found the active user account folder (thank you) and we placed the profiles into it.
I think we have the profiles in at least 4 locations now!
HOWEVER - after installing the latest Epson driver AND restarting the MAC, still no appearance in Photoshop.

Help!
Michael
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In that case you have to check if those profiles are correct. You don't even have to restart the Mac, restarting Photoshop should be enough. Are they perhaps still zipped?
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They are .icc files.
Do I have to run a facility called ColorSync before they register?
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When you go to print, if the profiles are in the right library, you'll see a drop down menu under printer settings that has a lot of profiles.  You have to remember or have noted which one you'll be using.
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Ilford should have profiles online. For the BFK paper I use I went to their website for the printer profile for my printer. Download it from the paper manufacture and install it where they say to on your computer
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THe correct folder is Library/Colorsync/Profiles  On the Mac that's under GO at top left of the screen
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So, I have tried all possible locations for the profiles (inc hidden), re-installed the printer driver, deleted the settings file in Photoshop and then re-installed Photoshop and STILL NO SUCCESS.
Why isn't Photoshop seeing these profiles???????????
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I had originally found the profiles, downloaded them to a zip file on my PC and sent it to her via email.

As a last resort I got my member to download the profiles as a zip file for herself and install them directly on her MAC.

They are now visible in her Photoshop!

Baffling and don't know how but don't care, they are there and work OK.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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You have to be using true drivers to your printer because of every so often fake and neighborhood drivers damage on your printer. and you should be mentioned with customer support group to associated your printer like if you have canon printer then you definitely must be discussed with Canon Customer Service because they may be more experienced and they are able to give you useful commands.