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Printing accurate colors

Last update:  12-31-1969

Submitted by Jonas M. Rogne (Chain)

This tutorial will show you how to get a printing result with good colors. The example uses a Canon printer.

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Method 2 Printer manages color

This method might not get you as good results as Method 1, but it is a tiny bit simpler to set up and might also work out with software that is not color managed.

The short version is: Photoshop sends the image to the printer, and the color conversion is done automatically based on the printer settings. This is how it's done:

First, make sure your image is open in Photoshop, then go to File → Print.

Print

  1. Printer Manages Colors Photoshop will not alter the colors at all and just send it like it is to the printer.
  2. Relative Colorimetric Make sure it is set to this setting. If you experience loosing a lot of detail in saturated areas (out of gamut) you could try out "Perceptual" to see if this solves the problem.
  3. Press Print... to go to the printer dialogue:

Print

  1. In the Print dialogue, go to Preferences (make sure the correct printer is selected).

Printer Driver Settings

  1. Choose your paper type (in this example I'm printing on "Photo Paper Plus Glossy II").
  2. Set Print Quality to High.
  3. Choose Manual, and click Set... (4)

  1. Choose ICM (The equivalent option in OS X is ColorSync).
  2. You are now done. Click OK, OK, and Print.

Method 1 Using a printer profile | Final notes

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