Mac Only – Cannot Turn Colour Management Off on some Printer configurations

Products affected:

  • ColorMunki Photo/Design
  • i1 Studio
  • I1 Photo Pro

In response to the following range of questions

Q1. Since I updated my Mac’s operating system I can not switch OFF the Colour Management for my Canon printer to print my test charts out of my profiling application without any Colour Management. What can I do?

Q2. Can’t find where to turn off automatic colour management on my printer driver.

Q3. There are no colour management options on my printer driver what can I do to print out my test charts correctly.

Problem Explanation:

With newer Mac operating system, some printer drivers do not allow you to switch off the Colour Management. But to create working ICC profiles for a printer, it is essential to print the test charts without any applied colour management.

The Solution:

The following workaround will allow you to print your test charts through Mac OSX without colour management.

Make sure you have the latest OSX revision installed, which should normally also include the latest printer drivers. Alternatively, check on your printer manufacturers’ website for latest printer drivers

Launch your X-Rite application to create a printer profile. When printing the test charts, use the following settings to switch off the colour management:

  • Under the Colour Matching menu select ColorSync (not Vendor Matching)
  • In the popup menu that appears select Generic RGB (not “Automatic”). Please note this step is critical to printing your test charts without colour management.
  • Set up your remaining options for paper type, output quality, resolution as usual and print the charts.

You will now get correctly printed charts and the resulting profile will work correctly when you implement it from your imaging application. For example, if you are printing from Photoshop, select Photoshop Manages Colors in your print dialog box, select your desired profile and rendering intent, and set the appropriate paper type and quality options in your printer driver.