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How to print from Photoshop

May 10th, 2009 in , , , by aran
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Photoshop Printing Tips

You’ve finally mastered making your photograph or image the exact way you want it. However, printing directly from Photoshop and getting exactly what you want doesn’t always work out.

Photoshop can do colour conversions at the print time, and so can the printer driver. And if they do it at the same time? The result is nothing like you planned.

First things first

Be sure that your display has been calibrated and profiled, and double check that you have a good profile for your printer.

Using Print with Preview
The default selection for most Photoshop programs uses the Print with Preview selection. Once there, click on Sow More Options. A pop-up up menu will appear; select Color Management.

In Print Space, select the profile for your printer and computer. If you are using ICC-based colour management, then Photoshop will do the colour conversion when it is time to print. When selecting the printer drivers’ colour management, be sure the do not also use the ICC-based colour management.

Select the correct Media Type for the kind of paper you are using (click on Print Settings). Choose Colour Management from the pop-up menu. Whether you are using manufacturer supplied profiles or custom, select No Color Adjustment.

Next, in the Print Space section of the Colour Management area, choose Same As Source. This makes Source Space and Print Space the same, and that way, Photoshop won’t convert it when it prints.

To Proof
If you want proofs generated of your RGB images, select the radio button in Source Space to Proof Setup. Proof Setup should be set to the profile for the output devise you want it to work akin to. Print Space should be set to the profile for the local printer. And Colour Management should be turned off.

To make sure that the most accurate colour reproduction is used, select Relative Colorimetric from the drop-down menu in Print with Preview/Colour Management. This way, Photoshop will try to reproduce the colours exactly as you see them.You can also select Perceptual or Saturation to fine tune the detail.

The Moral
With a few extra steps, you’ll be able to get exactly what you want from Photoshop. Just be sure that Photoshop OR the printer driver are doing Colour Management, but not both of them. If you can’t find it, do a quick exploration for other terms, such as Color Correction or Colour Simulation.

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