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How To Use Inkjet Printer Profiles: Photoshop CC / Canon / 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 Photoshop.

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.


To begin - File > Print or hit Ctrl + P on your keyboard.

The Photoshop print dialog with preview will appear. This dialog is important. Spend time to understand the available controls.

At the bottom left, you will notice three checkboxes. They activate a soft proof in the preview. 

The preview uses the paper profile you will choose in the steps below.

Match Print Colors - A basic soft proof showing how a print using the profile might look.

Gamut Warning - Will highlight in gray areas of an image where the colors are out-of-gamut for the paper profile.

Show Paper White - Simulates how the tone of the paper will affect the print.

Note: These check boxes have NO IMPACT on the print quality. They only simulate the effect of the paper profile on the image.


Photoshop Print Settings Dialog

  1. Choose "Photoshop Manages Color" from the "Color Handling" drop down.
  2. Select the profile for your printer and paper in the "Printer Profile" drop down. This menu is arranged alphabetically. Red River profiles all start with "RR".
  3. Rendering Intent: Canon printers tend to do best with Perceptual but you can also try Relative. Learn About Rendering Intent.
  4. Black Point Compensation checked.
  5. Click the Print Settings to launch your printer's property dialog.

Printing Preferences / Properties Setup

Your printer's preferences or properties menu will launch after you click Print Settings above.

1. Set media type - Refer to the profile instructions PDF

Note: The Red River Paper profile name will not appear in this drop down! Only Canon paper types.

Some Canon models, when using AM1X Config files, will display the name of Red River Paper you are using as a Media Type.

2. Set Print Quality

3. Choose Manual Color / Intensity 

4. Click Set. The Manual Color Adjustment dialog will appear.

1. Click the Matching tab

2. Choose Color Correction: NONE

Click OK until you are back at the Photoshop print dialog. You can now click Print.

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Last Updated: January 13, 2024

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Last updated: January 13, 2024

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