[scribus] ICC error

Owen rcook at pcug.org.au
Thu Feb 17 06:37:35 CET 2011

OK, have you read the manual on color management (Help->Manual) See if
you meet these parameters

Color management with Scribus, an Introduction 
Activating Color Management

For color management to function properly you need the following to be
installed to be active and usable: Littlecms libraries installed and
scribus compiled with lcms support. You can tell by looking at Help ->
About Scribus and looking for C-C-T. The first C means Scribus is
compiled with littlecms support. This is standard with MacOSX and

You need a minimum of 1 RGB and 1 CMYK profile. Scribus
provides two basic profiles to ensure CMS can be enabled immediately.
In practical terms, you need more. One sRGB for most RGB colors and one
for each color device. One for your monitor which is created with
monitor profiling tools. Several CMYK profiles for printing. Some CMYK
profiles are known as "press-standards", in that they represent common
commercial print standards used in North America and Europe. The best
bet is to download the "Windows" version of the Adobe ICC profile
package and unzip it into a directory like $home/.colors/icc. 

Linux users can also download freely distributable profiles from the ICC
downloads section on www.scribus.net Scribus, by default on Linux, will
look in: 
  $home/.color/icc and /usr/share/color/icc/ 
for both personal icc profiles or system wide ones. There is a small,
but growing collection of freely available icc profiles for download on
www.scribus.net. Look in the Downloads -> ICC section. Scribus on
Windows or MacOSX will look in the default system directories. Earlier
versions of Scribus will look in the directory specified in

If you are new to color management, please look over the links and
documentation on color management listed on www.scribus.net. These
explain the theory and concepts far better than I could here.


On Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:51:04 -0800 (PST)
Thomas Baumann <thomasbaumann at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Already have the Activate Color Mgmt box checked and still get the
> error.
> --- On Wed, 2/16/11, Owen <rcook at pcug.org.au> wrote:
> From: Owen <rcook at pcug.org.au>
> Subject: Re: [scribus] ICC error
> To: "Scribus User Mailing List" <scribus at lists.scribus.net>
> Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 2:35 AM
> >
> >
> >
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> > Am trying to use the ICC color management but am getting an error
> > "An error occurred while opening ICC profiles, color management is
> > not enabled." 
> >  
> > How do I fix?  Using and Windows XP.
> Enable color management :-)
> File->Preferences->Color Management and activate color management

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