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How To Use Inkjet Printer Profiles: Lightroom / Canon Inkjet Printers / Windows

Canon Inkjet Printers / Windows

Color profiles are pieces of software that bypass your printer color management in an attempt to reproduce better color gamut and print quality for a specific paper, printer and ink set. If you are unfamiliar with profiles or Lightroom, read all support documents carefully before beginning.

This brief tutorial will show you how easy it is to use a printer color profile from Lightroom Classic.

If you're not familiar, you can learn more about printer profiles and why they can be helpful.

Key Concept: In this tutorial, Lightroom manages color output via a printer color profile. Your printer color management systems are turned off.

Start by accessing the Print Module as seen below. 

Optional Settings

Print Resolution - If left unchecked, Lightroom will use your file's native resolution. This will work fine as a rule, provided you are not printing a low-resolution image. If you check Print Resolution, 240ppi is the default setting and is sufficient for most high-quality print jobs.

Print Sharpening - This sharpens your in addition to any sharpening done in the Develop module. You can set the level at low, standard, or high. Media Type changes the sharpening algorithm for papers with and without sheen. Choose Glossy for any paper with a sheen and Matte for papers with no sheen.

Note - Print adjustments do not preview onscreen.

Lightroom features two last-minute adjustment controls for your print - Brightness and Contrast. They were included because many people report their prints being "too dark." That issue almost always relates to the monitor being too bright or the image being underexposed for printing. For expedience's sake, Adobe put these controls in for a quick fix should you need them.

Note - Print adjustments do not preview onscreen.

Choosing the Profile for Printing

Look on the right column of the Print Module and scroll to the Print Job section.

Click on the Profile drop down menu again. Click on the profile's name to select it for your print job.

Need help adding profiles to the Lightroom Print Module dialog? Click here.

You can now select your Intent. Get More Information on Rendering Intents

Print Settings for Your Canon Inkjet Printer

Look on the right side of the Print Module locate and click on Printer

When the Print Setup dialog appears, verify your printer is selected and click Properties.

The printer properties dialog appears.

1. Media Type: Refer to the instructions PDF included with your profile download. 

Note: You will not see the Red River paper name in this menu. It only contains the names of the printer manufacturer's papers.

2. Print Quality: We recommend High for most photo and art printing projects.

3. Color / Intensity: Manual

4. Set: Click the Set button

The Manual Color Adjustment dialog will appear.

Manual Color Adjustment

1. Click on the Matching tab

2. Color Correction to None

3. Click OK

You are now ready to print.

Back in the Lightroom Print Module, click the Print button, located at the lower right side of your screen.



Lightroom Print Templates

You can save all of your Lightroom print mod settings in the form of a Print Template.

Click the + button and name the template. It will be available the next time you make a print.

Adding Profiles to Lightroom

The default color management setting is Managed by Printer. To use a printer color profile, start by clicking the drop down and choose Other.

This will bring up the Choose Profiles dialog.

In the Choose Profiles dialog, you will see all ICC profiles that are installed on your computer. (Need help installing profiles?)

Scroll down until you find the Red River Paper profiles. All start with the letters "RR". Check the profiles you wish to add to Lightroom's Print Module and then click OK.

From now on, the profiles that are checked in the above dialog will appear in the profile dialog as shown below.


Video Tutorial Available

Watch How to Use Printer Profiles - Lightroom Classic CC  / Canon  / Windows


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Last Updated: January 13, 2024


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Last updated: January 13, 2024

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