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.
- Printer Manages Colors – Photoshop will not alter the colors at all and just send it like it is to the printer.
- 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.
- Press Print... to go to the printer dialogue:
- In the Print dialogue, go to Preferences (make sure the correct printer is selected).
- Choose your paper type (in this example I'm printing on "Photo Paper Plus Glossy II").
- Set Print Quality to High.
- Choose Manual, and click Set... (4)
- Choose ICM (The equivalent option in OS X is ColorSync).
- You are now done. Click OK, OK, and Print.
Method 1 – Using a printer profile | Final notes