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How To Use Inkjet Printer Profiles: Photoshop CS6 CC 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 Video on Profile Installation Instructions

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.

What to do in this dialog

1) Set Color Handling to Photoshop Manages Colors

2) Choose your paper’s profile from the Printer Profile drop down

3) Select rendering intent – Relative Colorimetric or Perceptual. We recommend Relative Colorimetric.

4) Check Black Point Compensation

5) Click Print Settings

EPSON PRINTERS (scroll down for Canon and HP)

Your screen may look different!

Each printer driver may be set up with different drop down menus and

even different control options. However, all Epson printers come with

the functions you need - set the media type, print quality, and verify

color management is turned off at the driver level.

What to do on this dialog

1) Click the drop down menu and choose PRINT SETTINGS

2) 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.

3) The OS will automatically disable the printer's color management - the box is grayed out.

4) Print Quality - Look for "SuperFine" or "Photo" options. These are recommended for best quality, speed, and ink economy.
High speed can be turned off for best results

CANON PRINTERS

What to do in this dialog

1) 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.

2) The Mac OS will automatically disable the printer's color management.

3) Set print quality - Canon printers should be set to High (or quality level 1) when printing photos and artwork

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

What do to in this dialog

1) 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.

2) The Mac OS will automatically disable the printer's color management.

3) Set print quality - usually Best for printing photos and artwork

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.