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Set Up Photoshop Elements

For Printing

Do the following six steps to get Photoshop Elements ready to print.

Step #1 - Printer Driver

The printer driver for your printer may be out-of-date.

Even if the printer is new, its printer driver may be an older version that shipped with the printer many months ago.

Do the following.

1) Go to the printer manufacturer's website.

2) Download the latest printer driver for your printer and operating system.

3) Install it according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step #2 - Photograph's Color Space

Determine the color space of your photographs.

sRGB and Adobe RGB are the two most common color spaces.

Most photographers should use the sRGB color space.

That's because:

• Most monitors can't display the Adobe RGB color space.

• Photoshop Elements doesn't do soft proofing, which attempts to depict your photograph on your monitor like the printed version.

• Few labs accept photographs using the Adobe RGB color space.

You can check the photograph's color space with one of the following two methods.

Method #1 -

Check with Your Camera

Your camera is probably set, by default, to the sRGB color space.

Check in the camera's menu for the color space setting.

Look for sRGB or Adobe RGB.

Method #2 -

Check with Photoshop Elements

In Photoshop Elements, go to File > File Info.

Click the Camera Data tab.

Look for sRGB or Adobe RGB.

Step #3 - Photoshop Elements Is Set to the Same Color Space

The color space for the photograph—and for Photoshop Elements—must be the same.

The photograph and Photoshop Elements must both be sRGB.

Or, they both must both be Adobe RGB.

Go to Edit > Color Settings.

If your camera is set to the sRGB color space, select Always Optimize Colors for Computer Screens.

If your camera is set to the Adobe RGB color space, select Always Optimize for Printing.

The More Options window is used for the following steps.

Don't click OK in the window until you're done!

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Step #4 - One Color Manager, Not Two

When printing from Photoshop Elements, you must turn off the color management done by the printer.

You don't want Photoshop Elements and the printer doing the color management.

There are two tasks.

Task #1

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

2) Click More Options at the bottom, left, of the Print window.

The More Options window opens.

3) Click Color Management on the left side of the More Options window.

4) Open the Color Handling menu and select Photoshop Elements Manages Colors.

5) Don't click OK.

Task #2

6) Click Printer Preferences in the More Options window.

This command opens the menu for your printer.

Look for the section concerning color management.

This section is often:

• Labeled as Mode.

• Abbreviated as ICM (Integrated Color Management).

7) Make the selection for no color management by the printer driver.

This may be designated by the phrase, Same As Source.

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8) Click OK in the printer window.

9) Don't click OK in the More Options window.

Step #5 - Printer Profile

10) Open the Printer Profile menu and select the printer profile for the paper that you're using.

If you haven't already, go to Printer Profiles.

11) Don't click OK.

Step #6 - Rendering Intent

11) Open the Rendering Intent menu and select Relative Colorimetric.

If your photograph has many different saturated colors, try Perceptual.

If you haven't already, go to Rendering Intents.

13) Click OK in the More Options window.