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How To Use Inkjet Printer Profiles: Photoshop CS5 on a Mac

Instructions for Epson, Canon, and HP inkjet printers

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 Photoshop, read all support documents carefully before beginning.

View a Video on Profile Installation

Key Concept: In this tutorial, we are allowing Photoshop to manage the colors. Your printer color systems are being turned off.


GET STARTED

When you are ready to print, choose File > Print (Command +P) and the Print dialog will appear.

1) Verify your document is Adobe RGB, sRGB, or ProPhoto RGB
2) Set Color Handling to Photoshop Manages Colors
3) Choose your paper’s profile from the Printer Profile drop down
4) Select rendering intent – Relative Colorimetric or Perceptual. We recommend Relative Colorimetric.
5) Check Black Point Compensation

Now click the Print Settings button.

EPSON PRINTERS (scroll down for Canon and HP)

Key Concept: Set the media type based on your profile’s instructions. Note: The name of the Red River paper you're using will not show up in this drop down menu.

Color Mode should be set to Off (No Color Management).

Verify your other quality settings and click Save. When back at the Photoshop print menu you can click the Print button.

CANON PRINTERS

Key Concept: Set the media type based on your profile’s instructions. Note: The name of the Red River paper you're using will not show up in this drop down menu.

Set Print Quality to your desired setting.

Now click on the Color Options drop-down menu (see below).

In the Color Options menu the Color Mode should be grayed out.

Verify your other quality settings and click Save. When back at the Photoshop print menu you can click the Print button.

HP PRINTERS

Key Concept: Set the media type based on your profile’s instructions. Note: The name of the Red River paper you're using will not show up in this drop down menu.

Set quality to your desired setting

Now click on the Color Options tab (see below).

On the Color Options tab, all controls should be grayed out. This indicates that Photoshop is managing the colors.

Verify your other quality settings and click Save. When back at the Photoshop print menu you can click the Print button.