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Printer Profiles in CS4

21 Aug 2009 7:22PM
Help please. I'm printing with an Epson Stylus Photo R265, using Epson inks and paper, I am not able to get the reds correct, they come out more pink or magenta in my prints the other colours are fine and I've callibrated my monitor. I've been reading up on printer profiles and wonder if when I go to print in CS4, using "Photoshop manages colours" if I have the correct Printer profile eg "working RGB-sRGB IEC61966-2,1" if this is not correct which one should I use. I use the relative colourmetric setting with black point compensation on. I'd be very grateful for any help with this. I'm so far pleased with the printer and have not had any problems, and am reluctant to change it.

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Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
21 Aug 2009 7:44PM
Goto File>print with Preview.
Then select "let PS determine colours"
Select the profile for the printer (the one supplied by the printer Mfr or one you have profiled yourself"

Relative colourmetric (with black point compensation ticked).

Then on printer goto printer props select correct paper type then (and this is where I think you have the problem) click on ICM then off (no colour adjustment).

A more detailed account of how to do it is here


P.S The sRGB is the monitor profile you need to select this in the Print document sector. What it does is map the colour space from your monitors to that of the printer. Oh if your doing your own printing your better using AdobeRGB or ProphotoRGB as these have a wider gamut (more colour tones). Particularly in the reds and greens.
stevekhart 12 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2009 8:00PM
You could also take a look at Epson's print guide (don't worry it's fairly generic guidance for all epson printers)
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
21 Aug 2009 9:22PM
Sylvia, sRGB is a working space, or to put it another way - a device-independent ICC profile. That being the case, it is neither a monitor profile nor a printer profile, but should appear next to print>document under 'Print with Preview' as Nick says.

Next to 'Printer Profile' should be the profile which defines your printer/ink/paper combination. Ideally you should be using this beforehand to 'softproof' in CS4 - in other words to preview what the final print will look like.

You can even convert the sRGB file to the printer profile once you've finished editing, and then switch colour management off altogether (as no further conversion would then take place). You'd ideally make a copy of the file to do that - as you obviously don't want to permanently chuck data away.

But you do need to softproof on a calibrated monitor with either method if you want to better predict the results.
22 Aug 2009 11:50AM
Thanks very much for the suggestions I'll have a go.

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