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9 - Printer Profiles

Your prints will be of higher quality if you use printer profiles.

A printer profile optimizes the use of a certain combination of printer, ink set, and paper type.

You need a different profile for each combination of printer, ink set, and paper type.

When you set up your printer, profiles were probably installed.

Profiles of other combinations of printer, ink set, and paper type, are available from from the following sources.

Printer Manufacturers

Canon

Epson

Hewlett-Packard

Paper Manufacturers

Go to Paper Manufacturers.

Third-party Vendors

Cathy's Profiles

CHROMIX

Digital Domain Makers of QImage, an image manipulation program, and Prism, a printer profile maker

Dry Creek Photo

Inkjetmall.com

Giorgio Trucco Photography

Homemade

You can create your own profiles with hardware and software, such as the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo.

Don't Use a Profile Twice

As described earlier, make sure the printer is not performing color management.

1) In Photoshop Elements, go to File > Print, or press Ctrl + p.

2) Look for the Color Management section.

In earlier versions of Photoshop Elements, you must select Show More Options.

3) Look for Color Handling.

4) Change it from Printer Manages Color to Photoshop Elements Manages Color.

How to Install a Profile

Windows

Vista

To install, right click on the profile and select Install Profile.

Then, close and restart Photoshop Elements.

Profiles are located on the path below.

If you can't find the folders below on your computer, go to Hidden Files & Folders.

C: > Windows > System32 > Spool > Drivers > Color

Vista Bug

If you're replacing an existing profile with a newer version, you can't right click on the new profile and select Install Profile.

Instead, you must delete the original version of the profile from the Color folder.

To do so, go to C: > Windows > System32 > Spool > Drivers > Color.

Then, right click on the new profile and select Install Profile.

Windows 7

To install, right click on the profile and select Install Profile.

Then, close and restart Photoshop Elements.

Profiles are located on the path below.

If you can't find the folders below on your computer, go to Hidden Files & Folders.

C: > Windows > System32 > Spool > Drivers > Color

Mac

With Mac OSX 10.5, profiles are located here:

Library > Colorsync > Profiles

With Mac OSX 10.3 or 10.4 profiles are located here:

Library > Application Support > Adobe > Color > Profiles

To install, copy and paste the profile into the above Profiles folder.

Then, close and restart Photoshop Elements.

The ColorSync Utility can be used to manage your profiles.

Installation Problems

Problem #1 - Profiles

Don't Appear on the Menu?

If you're using Photoshop Elements, the printer profile may not appear in the drop-down menu when you're printing.

Do the following.

1) Go to:

C: > Windows > System32 > Spool > Drivers > Color

2) Copy the printer profile (Ctrl + c).

3) Go to:

C: > Program Files > Common Files > Adobe > Color > Profiles > Recommended

4) Paste the printer profile (Ctrl + v) into the Recommended folder.

Problem #2 - No Scroll Bar

When printing, sometimes the scroll bar doesn't appear when you're using the drop-down menu for selecting the printer profile.

Try using the up and down arrows on your keyboard if this occurs.

Home or Lab

You can use printer profiles at home and with many labs.

In the next section, we'll look at home use.

Then, we'll look at how you can use printer profiles with labs.