Useful Digital Skills for Artists

Imaging Skills

Print& Scan

Web Skills

Cynthia Beth Rubin

Printing from Photoshop

1. Select your printer

  • System 9:
    Go to the Chooser (under the little apple)
    Select the printer that you want to use

2. Set the Color Space of your image to RGB

  • Use either Wide Gamut or Color Match RGB
    In Photoshop, this is under:
    • EDIT
  • Generally files are kept in RGB unless we know for certain that they will used only with one printer profile.

3. Resize your image and set the DPI in Photoshop

  • Determine the DPI of your printer
    • for a 720 or 1440 dpi printer (Epson) set the dpi of the image at 72 or 144
    • for a 300 or 600 dpi printer set the dpi of the image at 75 to 300
  • Most printers can multiply the DPI by 4 as they print
    • A file at 75 dpi can print at 300 dpi without too much noticable difference in quality, etc.
    • You can usually send the file at the lower res, let the printer multiply (the more data you can give the printer the better, but it is not always possible to send large files)
    • If necessary, use the size chart to determine the basic size of your image
      click here for size chart
    Under IMAGE , find Image Size
    Be sure that the following are clicked on:
    • Resample Image (Bicubic)
    • Constrain Proportions
  • Set one of the measurements to "percent" (under pixels)
    • check the degree of change
  • You may need to modify the Surface of the Image - follow instructions below if it looks blurry after resizing
    (over 200%, under 50% size change)


4. To Modify the Surface go to FILTER, and down to UnSharpen Mask or Gaussian Blur

    This is only necessary if you have greatly reduced or enlarged the image.

  • To avoid the even and uniform surface that often comes from changing scale, try using unsharpen mask on some areas only, and blue on other areas.
  • The easiest way to do this is to duplicate layers, apply the filter to the entire layer, and then erase between them.



    original image



5. Soft Proof the Image

  • Go to VIEW, then Proof Set-up
  • Under Custom , go to LOAD
    • choose the profile for your printer
    • this does not change the image data - it only changes the "view"
  • Correct the Colors
    under Image, do to Adjust

    hint: (before you hit 0K go to SAVE and save the adjustments if you have other similar images to print)

6. In Photoshop 6 and above

  • Under File, Go to Print Option, then Page Set-up

    In Photoshop 5 - go straight to Page Set-up
  • Set the orientation for your print (horizontal or vertical)
  • Do not scale the print here - if it is the wrong size, return to RESIZE (#3)
  • Hit PRINT

7. Choose the Color Space for Printing

  • Choose Adobe Photoshop for the Color Conversion (at the top, just under the name of the printer). On some computers, this will appear as the default.
  • Choose the Color Space as "Document"
  • Choose the Print Space as "Same as Source"
  • Hit PRINT
  • You must say "OK" to the print point dialogue box

The International Color Consortium Site:
Links to Published Articles on ICC Profiles

The "About.Com" site:
Links to Various Articles on all aspects of Color Management