How to Set Printing Options in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop CS6 has a couple printing modes to choose from, depending on how much control you need and how much of a hurry you’re in. Here are your options:

  • Print One Copy: A quick way to print a hard copy using the default settings.

  • Print (Ctrl+P on a PC, Command+P on the Mac): Opens a generous Print dialog box that includes a Preview pane and many options. This dialog box is almost identical in Windows and Mac operating systems.

    [Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/TommL Image #13469546]
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To set your print options, follow these steps:

  1. Choose File→Print.

    The Print dialog box opens.

  2. Select your desired printer from the Printer drop-down menu (pop-up menu on the Mac).

  3. Specify the number of copies you want.

  4. (Mac only) Select Send 16-Bit Data if your image is 16-bit (located in the Color Management settings).

  5. Click the Print Settings button if you need to revisit that dialog box.

    In Windows, this dialog box may look different than the one you see when choosing File→Page Setup, depending on which printer you selected in the Print dialog box. You may see specific settings customized for your printer, such as print quality, special effects, and so on.

  6. Change your page orientation in the Print dialog box by clicking the Portrait or Landscape button next to the Print Settings button.

  7. In the Position and Size settings, use the Top and Left boxes in the Position area to indicate where you want the image to appear on the page.

    To center the image, select the Center Image check box. You can also click and drag the image in the preview window to position it. Note that now when you drag the document or select within Print Preview, a HUD appears, showing useful information.

  8. If you aren’t centering your image, select your desired unit of measurement from the Units drop-down list at the bottom of the dialog box.

  9. If you want to scale the image up or down, select the scale percentage and/or enter height and width values in the Scaled Print Size area.

    You can also scale the image by clicking and dragging the corner handles of the image in the preview window Scaling in the Print dialog box doesn’t change the physical dimensions of the image, just the print size. But keep in mind that scaling up may give you a less-than-optimum printout. Note the Print Resolution value and make sure that it is sufficient for your output needs.

  10. Select the Functions printing options you want to apply. Some of these options only apply when you’re printing to film for color separations.

    Be sure to talk to your service bureau or offset printer representative for their recommendations.

  11. In the Printing Marks settings, select options for marking the area outside the print area.

  12. Finally, under PostScript Options, choose these options if applicable.

    Here are your choices:

    • Calibration Bars: This option adds an 11-step grayscale bar outside the image area when printing to a paper size that’s larger than the image area. You can use calibration bars to gauge how accurately the gray tones of an image are being reproduced.

    • Interpolation: This option is available with only some printers, particularly PostScript Level 2 (or higher models), to even out the jagged appearance of diagonal lines. Just be aware that interpolation can help only so much, and in some cases, it can be damaging.

    • Include Vector Data: If you have vector artwork in your image, be sure to include this option.

      The other option on the drop-down men u, Color Management, controls advanced proofing and color-profile tasks.

  13. Click Print.

In Version CS6, when you hold down the space bar when selecting File@→Print, the previous print settings for the document will be ignored. Having this capability is useful if you have a file with corrupted print settings. This command enables you to specify the print settings from scratch.

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