Printing is a fairly straightforward process. You will have two choices for how complicated you want to make this process. You choose depending upon the print quality you want and the amount of effort you'll extend to achieve it:

■ Current desktop printers and online printing services all produce good results when used as designed. Most users are pretty happy with the basic results of a typical inkjet printer. If you're one of them, print using the steps outlined in the "Basic Printing" section in this chapter.

■ Advanced photo printers provide options for printing with profiles. Some users will want to take advantage of the full color range of their photo printers and more precisely print their image colors. The "Advanced Printing" section in this chapter outlines the steps for printing using profiles.

The real challenge in printing is to accurately match your printer colors with the monitor colors. In the illustration below, compare the monitor image with the print of the same image. See the subtle changes in colors and saturation? The print image doesn't accurately match the color quality of the monitor image. But it can by following the three key steps of "Color Management":

1 Profiling your monitor color.

2 Setting up an image "Color Space".

3 Configuring your printer driver for each print.

Everyone needs to follow these steps for color management to get your monitor and printer images to match.

Loss of saturation (blues) Color shifts (greener yellows) Monitor image Printer image
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