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How to match actual prints with screen display

As today I am in a mood of sharing knowledge about color management here is one trick you can follow to get correct output from your inkjet proofer.

Q: Is it possible to match my on-screen display with my actual prints?

A: Download/install a fresh copy of the printers’ drivers from the printers’ Web sites. Clean/calibrate the print heads and make sure that inks from the printer manufacturer are installed.



MAC: Go to the blue Apple menu and open System Preferences, then click on Displays. Select Adobe RGB as the system level color profile.


WINDOWS: Go to the Start menu, to Control Panel, and double-click Display. Select Adobe RGB as the system level profile.


NOTE: If you send images to a photo lab, use an inkjet with only 4 inks, or create exclusively on-line imagery, sRGB is a better choice both at the system level and in Photoshop.



In Photoshop’s Color Settings dialog box select Adobe RGB as the working space. Set the RGB color management policy to Convert to Working RGB. Uncheck the mismatch warning dialog boxes.



When you’re ready to print, make these selections in the Color Management area to the right in Photoshop CS3’s or CS4’s Print dialog box (or Print with Preview for earlier versions):

– Print: Document
–Color Handling: Photoshop Manages Colors

– Printer Profile: [choose the specific profile for the paper on which you’re printing]

– Rendering Intent: Relative Colorimetric

– Black Point Compensation: [selected]



After clicking the Print button, you’ll see the printer’s own Print dialog box. Make sure that the correct paper is selected and that the printer’s own color management is disabled.



If the prints don’t match your screen, its recommended to calibrate and profile your monitor.

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