Better ICC Color Profiles

The ICC color profiles included with Adobe and Quark products are very good, but if you want the absolute best, download the set from the International Color Consortium, at

Use the one that matches the grade of paper you’ll be printing on: GRACoL for grade #1 and #2 paper; SWOP TR003 for magazines, and SNAP for newsprint.


Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.