Printing Photos with the Printer Managing Color - dummies

Printing Photos with the Printer Managing Color

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Without going into all the settings you have to choose from in the Photoshop Elements 10 Print and More Options dialog boxes, look at printing a photo and managing color. For the following example, an Epson printer is used. If you have a different printer, some of the dialog boxes and terms may appear different.

With a little careful examination of the Print dialog box, you should be able to apply the following steps for any printer:

  1. With a photo open in Full Photo Edit mode, choose File→Print, or press Ctrl+P (Command+P on the Macintosh).

    The Print dialog box that opens contains all the settings you need to print a file.


  2. Click Page Setup at the bottom of the Print dialog box and select the orientation of your print. Click OK.

    Your choices are either Portrait or Landscape. After you click OK, you’re returned to the Print dialog box.

  3. Choose your printer from the Printer menu.

  4. Set the print attributes.

    Select the paper size, type of print, print size, and number of copies you want.

  5. Click More Options and choose Color Management in the More Options dialog box.

    In the Color Management area, choose how to manage color when you print files.


  6. From the Color Handling drop-down menu, select Printer Manages Color. Click OK.

    This choice uses your current workspace color — either sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998) — and later converts the color from your workspace to the printer output file when you open the Print dialog box.

  7. Set the printer preferences.

    • On Windows, click Printer Preferences in the More Options dialog box. The printing preferences dialog box for your printer driver opens. Proceed to Step 8. Note that you can also click OK in the More Options dialog box and click Change Settings (item 2 in the right panel of the Print dialog box) to open the same printer preferences dialog box.


    • On the Macintosh, you don’t have a Printer Preferences button in the More Options dialog box and there is no button for Change Settings in the Print dialog box. Just set the color settings in the More Options dialog box and click OK, then click Print. The Mac OS X Print dialog box opens.

      You need to make two choices here. First, open the pop-up menu below the Pages item in the Print dialog box and choose Print Settings. From the Media Type pop-up menu, choose the paper for your output.


      The second choice Macintosh users need to make is the selection for Color Management. Open the Print Settings pop-up menu and choose Color Management. Leave the default setting at Color Controls; this setting is used when the printer manages color. Click Print.


  8. (Windows only) Set print attributes.

    Select a paper type, such as Epson Premium Glossy (or another paper from the Type drop-down menu that you may be using). Then click the Best Photo radio button.

    Now, it’s time to color-manage your file. This step is critical in your print-production workflow.

  9. (Windows only) Click the Advanced button and then, in the Warning dialog box that appears, simply click Continue.

    The printing preferences dialog box opens, displaying advanced settings.


  10. (Windows only) Make your choices in the advanced printing preferences dialog box.

    Here are the most important choices:

    • Select a paper type. In this example, a letter-size photo is printed on Epson Premium Glossy paper. Those settings are chosen in the Paper & Quality Options section of the dialog box. Choose the same paper here as you did in Step 8.

    • Turn on color management. Because you’re letting the printer driver determine the color, you need to be certain that the Color Controls radio button is active. This setting tells the printer driver to automatically select a printer profile for the paper type you selected.

    • Set the color mode. Don’t use Epson Vivid. This choice produces inferior results on photos. Choose Best Photo, the Epson Standard, or Adobe RGB, depending on your printer.

    If you frequently print files using the same settings, you can save your settings by clicking the Save Setting button.

  11. (Windows only) To print the photo, click OK and then click OK again in the Print dialog box.

    Your file is sent to your printer. The color is converted automatically from your source workspace of sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998) to the profile the printer driver automatically selects for you.