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How to Use Inkjet Printer Profiles: Photoshop Elements / Windows

A guide to using ICC color printer profiles in Photoshop Elements for Windows

To begin the print process, go to the File menu and select PRINT. This dialog will appear.

1) Select your printer from the drop-down menu

2) Click "More Options..." button at the bottom left

This dialog will appear.

1) Set Color Handing to "Photoshop Elements Manages Color."

2) Select the printer profile - The profile should have the name of your paper and printer.

3) Rendering Intent - Choose Relative Colorimetric or Perceptual. We recommend Relative Colorimetric for most images.

4) Click the Printer Preferences button - this will launch your printer's preference dialog.

Next Steps:

In this next section, you'll set your printer drivers to use the printer profile you just chose in the above menu. This includes choosing a media type, print quality, paper, size, and turning off color management.

Epson, Canon, and HP instructions below:

Epson Printer Instructions

Epson printer properties have a slight variation from model to model but the concept is the same.

1) Choose the Media Type recommended by the profile's instructions.

You will only see Epson paper names in this box. Choose the setting based on the profile's instructions.

2) Set quality to the level recommended by the profile's instructions.

3) Set color management to Off (No Color Adjustment).

4) Pick your paper size.

Then click OK

Newer driver version

Older driver version


Canon Printer Instructions

1 - Choose the Media Type recommended by the profile's instructions.

You will only see Canon paper names in this box. Choose the setting based on the profile's instructions.

2 - We recommend High print quality for photo and art printing.

3  - Color / Intensity - Click the Manual radio button

4 - Color / Intensity - Click Set .

The Manual Color Adjustment dialog appears. 

1 - Click the Matching tab

2 - Click None 

Click OK.


HP Printer Instructions

On the FEATURES TAB choose the Paper Type (Media Type) recommended by the profile's instructions.

You will only see HP paper names in this box. Choose the setting based on the profile's instructions.

On the COLOR TAB choose Application Managed Colors at the Color Management drop down menu.

Once you verify the settings you can click OK.


Finally

Once you click OK on the printer properties dialogs above, you will click OK until you are back at the main Photoshop Elements print dialog.

Verify that your paper size matches the size you set in the printer properties.

Verify that you have Select Print Size set to "Actual Size".

You can now click print, confident you'll have a great looking color managed inkjet print.