Photoshop settings for Lyve Canvas on the Epson Surecolor P-900 using
Perceptual rendering intent.
2. Set Application Managed Color and your ICC profile
Inside the application we are printing from, we need to set the ICC profile. In Photoshop, this is done in the File > Print dialogue. Color Handling should be set to Photoshop Manages Colors, and the Printer Profile should be set as our ICC profile. "Output Profile" is sometimes used instead of "Printer Profile".
Then you want to set your Rendering Intent. Breathing Color strongly recommends either Perceptual or Relative Colorimetric, both with Black Point Compensation. Perceptual is generally better for photography and digital paintings, while Relative Colorimetric is better with solid graphics and attempts to match specific spot colors.
3. Set The Correct Media Type in the driver
Within the print driver, set your Media Type (sometimes labeled Paper Type). Every ICC profile has a matching Media Type, and if the wrong Media Type is used, the colors won't be correct. This is because the Media Type controls ink load, and the ICC profile can only correct color for the specific ink load used by the Media Type.
You can check our ICC Profile Library for the list of Media Types used. You can also check the abbreviation at the end of the ICC profile. You might find WCRW or PGPP - these mean Watercolor Radiant White and Premium Glossy Photo Paper. Sometimes these are written out, such as "Canvas" or "CanvasSatin".
You may also see "AM1". These refer to custom media types you will need to install with the Canon Media Configuration Tool. Breathing Color provides .AM1 and/or .AM1x files inside the ICC profile zip folder download. Simply remove the files from the .zip and double click the .AM1 and follow the on-screen instructions.
A Canon print driver and an Epson print driver with the Media Type selection
highlighted in red.
A Canon driver and an Epson driver in Windows. The Color Management options are highlighted in red.
4. (Windows Only) Turn off Driver Color Management
In Step Two, we set up our print application to manage the color with the ICC profile we selected. Now, we need to turn off color management within the driver itself. Drivers on Macintosh computers do this automatically, but Windows users will need to set it manually.
For Epson print drivers, the selection will be underneath Print Quality, labeled "Mode". Just select Custom and then "Off (No Color Adjustment)"
For Canon print drivers, it can be hidden a bit more. Look for "Color Mode" under the Print Quality selection. In older drivers, you should see "Off" in the dropdown. But for more modern Canons, you will need to select "Color Settings..." and go to the "Matching" tab in the new window. Then select Off.
If you didn't have an ICC profile and wanted to print with generic settings, we could have set Printer Manages Color in Step Two and let the driver manage colors. This is how to use Epson's Advanced Black and White mode if you are printing monochrome images.
5. Contact Breathing Color if you are having any trouble
If you run into any issues with this guide, contact us and one of our reps will assist you immediately.