Having problems getting the right/correct colors when printing from Photoshop? or Adobe Lightroom?
[note – originally posted on my Photography Services web.]
Digital Inkjet Printing from Photoshop to Epson Printer (PC or Mac) – The
Zany, goofy, eccentric, etc, etc, Dr. Brown explains printing from Photoshop – let
Photoshop manage the Color… These steps should apply for Photoshop CS2-CS4 as well as to Adobe Lightroom.
Photoshop & Lightroom – Color Printing tutorial with Russell Brown (Adobe)
- Calibrate your monitor,
- download & install the latest drivers for your printer and version of Photoshop,
- in the Photoshop print dialog set Photoshop to ‘manage‘ the colors,
- in Photoshop print dialog set your ‘profile‘ (i.e. paper type like ‘Epson Premium Luster PK‘), and
- in your printer options dialog the printer should be set to ‘no color management’ (in other words, let Photoshop manage the color for the entire process.)
Dr. Brown also demonstrates using Photoshop ‘proofing preview’ (flip a switch and your image will change to ‘look’ like a paper print – typically darker.) Side note: I set all my photo printer drivers to ‘Preview before Printing‘ – that way I will always see an on-screen preview before anything is sent to the printer. I have found that (using the color management outlined above) Epson 2200 previews will have a reddish/magenta cast – the prints are fine; my guess is that this is a feature of the print driver. I suggest that you experiment with small paper (i.e. glossy or matt 4×6 paper that is the same or has similar properties as your desired paper) and then use larger paper when things are working as desired…
More information on digital inkjet printing – typical problems – double color management.
Due to the number of variables involved in inkjet printing it is quite easy to have printing problems like bad/wrong colors. The variables (things that affect the results OR things that you control) include:
- software versions (photo editing software as well as operating system and printer drivers) – always use the correct and latest combinations for your environment
- output medium choices (type of paper in combination with the printer)
- the settings in your Photo software AND the settings for your printer; if both are set to manage color then expect to have problems; essentially you have to choose between having the Photo editing software control color OR having the printer driver control it – I suggest that you try both. My experience is that using the approach discussed by Dr. Brown provides the most consistent results.