This article will take you through the step-by-step process of printing profile targets using Adobe CS5 and Windows 7 (64-bit). Due to a change in Adobe’s software a slightly different approach is needed…
We’ve discussed creating profiles in a previous post, but as more and more users begin to upgrade their software and computers, it’s important to revisit this process. For this example, we are profiling the Epson 9900 with the Eye-One Pro. Let’s take a look at the what’s new in Adobe CS5:
1. Open your target files in Photoshop. Go to File > Print.
2. Set the Color Handling to “Printer Manages Colors”. This is a change from previous versions of Photoshop. Prior to CS5, the Color Handling pull-down menu included a “No Color Management” option which provided proper output for targets to be printed. In CS5 however, this option has been removed. Instead, choosing “Printer Manages Colors” turns off any color management applied by Adobe, leaving the targets unaffected (no color management). When this selection is made, the profile options below are grayed out (just like selecting No Color Management in previous Photoshop versions).
3. Click on Printer Settings. In previous versions of Photoshop this setting has been listed as “Page Setup”, but “Printer Settings” may be a more accurate representation of what you are actually clicking on. Clicking on Printer Settings will access the Epson driver.
4. Set your media type. For this example, we are profiling Vibrance Rag. Set the media type to Premium Luster Photo Paper (260). Below that, change the Color Mode to “Custom” and in the pull-down menu select “Off (No Color Adjustment)”. This setting turns off additional color enhancements made by the Epson driver. These enhancements adjust the overall saturation of the print, but may alter the accuracy of individual colors. When printing with the profile you are creating, this setting must remain the same.
5. Set your paper size and click OK. You are brought back to the Adobe Print window and can now print out your targets.
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