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

Activating Profiles in Lightroom

Start by accessing the Print Module as seen above. In order to achieve a color managed print, follow the instructions below and insure your dropdown and check box selections are correct.

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 that displays all of the printer profiles currently installed on your printer.

Place a check box next to any ICC printer profiles that you'd like to use in Lightroom in the future.

All Red River Paper profiles start with "RR"

Click OK when complete.

You'll now have any checked color printer profiles available for selection in the menu at right. Click on the profile's name to use it for your print job.

Printing with a Profile from Lightroom

Locate the Color Management section on the right column of the print module.

1. Click the Profile drop down menu and choose the profile for your paper and printer combination.

2. Choose the rendering intent. The default is Perceptual. Learn About Rendering Intent

These settings are optional

You will notice two controls above the Color Management section - Print Resolution and Print Sharpening.

Print Resolution - If left unchecked Lightroom will use your file's native resolution. For the most part this will work fine provided you are not trying to print a web size image that has very low resolution. If you check Print Resolution 240ppi is the default setting and is sufficient for most high quality print jobs.

Print Sharpening - This sharpens your photo above and beyond any sharpening done in the Develop module. You can set the level at low, standard, or high. Media type choices are Glossy and Matte. The rules for print sharpening differ for reflective and non-reflective media and this control takes that into account. You can choose Glossy for any reflective inkjet media.

Note - Print adjustments do not preview onscreen.

These settings are optional

Lightroom features two last minute adjustment controls for your print - Brightness and Contrast. They were included because so many people report their prints being "too dark". That issue is almost always related to no monitor calibration or images being underexposed. However, for expedience sake Adobe put these controls in for a quick fix should you need them.

Note - Print adjustments do not preview onscreen.

Next you must set your printer properties. Locate and click on the Page Setup button on the lower left of your screen.

When the print setup menu appears, choose your printer from the Name dropdown and click the Properties button.

Start by choosing the Media Type. The correct choice is included with instructions files that come with each profile download.

The name of your Red River Paper product will not appear in this list - only Canon brand papers.

Next, set print quality to High for best results.

Under Color and Intensity click Manual then Set.

The Manual Color Adjustment menu will appear.

Verify that under the Matching tab Color Correction is set to None.

You can now click OK until you're back at the Lightroom print module.

You can now click the print button, located at the lower right side of your screen.

Extra Tips - 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.

Return to the Red River Paper profile library