How to Select a Printer Profile in Photoshop Elements 11 - dummies

How to Select a Printer Profile in Photoshop Elements 11

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

One method for managing color when you’re printing files in Photoshop Elements 11 is to select a printer profile from the available list of color profiles installed with your printer. Whereas in the preceding section, you used your printer to manage color, this time, you let Photoshop Elements manage the color.

When you choose File→Print, you open the Elements Print dialog box. To let Elements handle the color conversion, follow these steps in the Print dialog box:

  1. Open a photo in the Photo Editor, choose File→Print, and then click Color Management in the Print dialog box.

  2. From the Printer Profile drop-down menu in the Color Management section of the Print dialog box, select the color profile designed for use with the paper you’ve chosen.

  3. Click OK and then click the Print button.

    The operating system’s Print dialog box opens.

  4. Click the Properties button.

  5. In Windows, select the Best Photo radio button and from the Type drop-down menu, select the recommended paper choice. On the Macintosh, make your paper choice.

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

  6. In Windows, click the Advanced button and then click the Continue button to arrive at the dialog box shown. On the Macintosh, choose Color Management from the pop-up menu to arrive at a different dialog box.


    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.

  7. In Windows, select the ICM (Image Color Management) radio button and select the Off (No Color Adjustment) check box, as shown. On the Macintosh, select the Off (No Color Adjustment) radio button.


  8. Because you selected the color profile in Step 1 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.

The choice to manage color or not to manage it is simplified in Photoshop Elements. In the Color Management area of the dialog box, a message is reported each time you make a selection from the Color Handling drop-down menu.

Right below Source Space, you see a message asking whether 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.