Overview of how ambient light affects printed photos and how you should adjust the ambient light.To the article
In this step, two procedures are presented for configuring the print settings. The EPSON Stylus Photo R2400 printer is used as an example.
A. Configuring print settings with the printer driver
With this configuration, images are printed with the Adobe RGB (or sRGB) colour space so that they most accurately reflect the image rendering. The process to be followed for this is easier than using the colour management system (CMS) in Adobe Photoshop described in the next section. However, the colour matching of a printer is always difficult if a professional printer prepared for colour matching is not used. As mentioned above, saturated colours, as can be seen in the striped section of the image above, cannot be reproduced by a printer, making colour matching between the monitor and printer more difficult.
B. Configuring print settings with the colour management system in Adobe Photoshop
The colour management system integrated in Adobe Photoshop supports the simulation of print colours. Adobe Photoshop 7 (or a newer version) must be configured with the ICC profile of the printing paper so that the function can be used. Following this, the effects that arise when working with images containing highly saturated colours can be checked on the monitor.
Colour management with the CMS in Adobe Photoshop is performed as standard when printing images within a colour management system. This is always based on the prerequisite that the profiles used are correct. However, the process required is not entirely straightforward. We therefore recommend performing colour management using the printer driver as described above. If you are not satisfied with the results you achieve here, you can try using the colour management system in Photoshop.
If you display your photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements or comparable software programs, the Photoshop colour management system is not available. In any case, you have to set the colour settings on the printer driver.
You need the ICC profiles of your printing paper for print settings with the colour management system in Adobe Photoshop. Use the function [View] in Photoshop 7 or newer versions for colour matching between the monitor and printed images. You have to configure the printer using the printer driver in all other software programs to retouch photos (including Adobe Photoshop Elements).
Checking colours with the colour-proof function before printing
(2) Under [Device to Simulate] , select the profile of the printing paper. In the example shown here, the printing paper used is EPSON Premium Glossy Photo Paper. So we will select [SPR2400 Premium Glossy]. Under [Rendering Intent], select the option [Relative Colorimetric] i.e. the same settings as under [Print Preview] for the eventual print. If you use another rendering intent in [Print Preview], select this setting. Activate the check box [Black Point Compensation]. Activate the [Preview] check box on the right. Click on [OK]. The image is displayed, taking into account the ICC profile.
(1) Select [File] – [Print with Preview]. Configure the paper settings where applicable. Under [Options] - [Colour Handling] select the option [Let Photoshop Determine Colours]. Under [Printer Profile] select the option [SPR2400 Premium Glossy]. Select the option [Relative Colorimetric] under [Rendering Intent]. Activate the check box [Black Point Compensation].
(2) Click [Print].
The correct configuration and display settings and the retouching software, as shown in Adobe PhotoshopTo the article