Printing with Photoshop CS4.
by eduardoangel – July 7th, 2009
by Eduardo Angel
We now know how and where to install ICC Printer Profiles, so lets see how to use them within Photoshop. The dialog below is for Photoshop CS4, but the steps for Cs3 and CS2 are pretty much identical.
Go to File, the Print. The Print dialog opens. Step#1: Select the Printer you will be using.
Step#2: Click on Page Setup. You need to select the printer (again!) and the paper size. Here you can also change the orientation and the scale.
Step#3: Make sure Color Management and Document are selected.
Step#4: There’s a huge debate about this critical step; you can let your printer or the software manage your colors. Think about it for a second, who is “smarter” the hardware or a monster application like Photoshop. Right? So, make sure Photoshop Manages Colors is selected.
Step#5: Another critical step and often the source to most problems I see. Here you need to select the Printer Profile.
What is a Printer Profile? It is a combination of a specific printer with a specific paper with a specific ink set. Therefore you need to select the profile for a) the HPZ3100 (the printer I am using for this example) and b) the exact paper you are using and c) the exact ink set.
When you see PK at the end of a profile name it means that you will need to use Photo Black, if it says MK you will need to use Matte Black.
Notice all the different ICC printer profiles I have available. Only the highlighted Profile is the correct one for the settings I want to use.
Step#6: Rendering Intent. I generally get excellent results using Relative Colorimetric. Some people prefer Perceptual. We will talk about rendering intents on a later post, but I’m curious to know what you are using and how is it working for you. Please leave a comment and I’ll reply.
Step #7: Make sure all the settings are correct and hit Print. As soon as you do this you will exit Photoshop and the printer dialog will open.
I will cover how to set the printer dialog settings on the next post, but so far we covered all the proper steps in Photoshop CS4.