One method for managing color when you’re printing files in Photoshop Elements 10 is to select a printer profile from the available list of color profiles installed with your printer — let Photoshop Elements 10 manage the color.

Choose File→Print opens the Elements Print dialog box. To let Elements handle the color conversion, follow these steps in the Print dialog box:


Choose File→Print.

In the Print dialog box, click More Options to open the More Options dialog box. Click Color Management in the left pane to display the color management options.


From the Printer Profile drop-down menu, select the color profile designed for use with the paper you’ve chosen.

In this example, use a profile designed for a specific printer. (Note that custom color profiles you acquire from a profiling service come with recommended color-rendering intents. For this paper, Relative Colorimetric is recommended and is selected on the Rendering Intent drop-down menu.)


Click OK.

The second Print dialog box opens.


Click the Properties button.

You arrive at the dialog box shown here.


Click the Best Photo radio button.

From the Type drop-down menu, select the recommended paper choice. On the Macintosh, you make your paper choice.

Custom color profiles are also shipped with guidelines for selecting proper paper.


Click Advanced and click Continue to arrive at the dialog box shown.

On the Macintosh, you choose Color Management from the pop-up menu.

The paper choice selection is automatically carried over from the previous Properties dialog box. The one setting you change is in the Color Management section.


Click the ICM (Image Color Management) radio button and check Off (No Color Adjustment).

On the Macintosh, click the Off (No Color Adjustment) radio button.

Because you selected the color profile in Step 2 and you’re letting Elements manage the color, be sure the Color Management feature is turned off. If you don’t turn off Color Management, you end up double-profiling your print.

Deciding whether to manage color is simplified in Photoshop Elements. In the Color Management area of the dialog box, a message appears each time you make a selection from the Color Handling drop-down menu. Right below the Rendering Intent drop-down menu, you see a message asking if you remembered to turn color management on or off.

Each time you make a selection for the color handling, pause a moment and read the message. This is your reminder that you need to follow the recommendation to properly handle color.

Each time you print a file — whether it be a single photo, a contact sheet, a photo package, or other type of print — you use the same steps for color management. Remember that you need to manage the color for each type of print you want.

Various sources offer alternatives for purchasing inks. You can purchase third-party inks for your printer, use refillable ink cartridges, or have your printer modified to hold large ink tanks that last much longer than the manufacturer-supplied cartridges. These alternatives provide you with much savings when purchasing inks.

However, using any inks other than manufacturer-recommended inks can produce color problems. Each developer provides printer profiles specific for their recommended inks. With third-party inks, you don’t have the advantage of using color profiles that have been tested by a printer manufacturer. If getting the most accurate color on your prints is important to you, use only those inks and papers recommended by your printer manufacturer.