Printing with ICC Profiles: Photoshop CS2 and above

Printing options for CS2 and above

It is easiest to print using the Print With Preview (File→Print With Preview) dialog in Photoshop CS2 or CS3. Using the Print dialog instead can have unpredictable consequences. Printing from recent Photoshop versions is both more complicated and prone to error than using earlier versions of Photoshop.

The flow you choose depends on whether your image is in a standard, editing color space such as Adobe RGB, Pro Photo RGB, or sRGB or if it is already converted to the printer profile.

Image in a standard working space:

If the image is in an editing color space you need to soft proof to the printer profile to get an accurate representation of how the final print will appear. Open the Print With Preview dialog.

  1. If you do not see the full dialog pictured below, click on the "More Options" button.

Photoshop CS2 Print with Preview options

  1. If it is not already selected, choose "Color Management" from the drop-down list.
  2. Select Document in the Print space. The proof setup is useful for making cross-rendered proofs, not for general printing.
  3. Choose Let Photoshop Determine Colors for the color handling. This uses Photoshop's color engine rather than handing off responsibility to the operating system or printer driver. The Adobe engine is both high quality and behaves predictably, features that neither Apple's ColorSync nor Microsoft's ICM offer.
  4. Select the printer profile and rendering intent you found to give the best results in the soft proof. Leave Black Point Compensation checked unless you have a specific reason to disable it — otherwise you run the risk of compressing all shadow details to black.
  5. You're ready to print. Make sure your printer setup is correctly matched to the profile you aim to use.

Image already converted to a printer profile

  1. This option is simpler than printing from a working color space, as the profile conversion is already performed. Select Document in the Print section. Your printer color space will appear automatically.
  2. Choose No Color Management in the Options section. The profile conversion is already performed and we do not want any further color management to take place.
  3. Print.

Photoshop CS2 Print Options

Printing from Photoshop version 6 through CS

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