Using color management when printing

Different devices operate within different color spaces—for example, your monitor operates in a different color space than your printer, and different printers have different color spaces. The color management options provided by the Print with Preview command let you change the color space of an image while printing, to get a more accurate color printout. (Depending on the designated printer and print drivers on your computer, these options may also appear in the Print dialog box.)

To use color management when printing, you first specify the source color space containing the colors you want to send to your printer. This space may be the document's current color profile (if you want the printout to match how the document appears onscreen), or it may be the current proof profile (if you want the printout to match your current soft proof). Second, you specify the color space of the printer to which you are sending the document. Specifying the printer space ensures that Photoshop has enough information to interpret and reproduce the source colors accurately on the printer.

For example, suppose your document currently uses an RGB profile, and you want to use your desktop printer to proof the colors as they will appear on an offset press. To do this, set up a proof profile for the press color space. (See "Soft-proofing colors" on page 113.) Then print the document using the proof profile as the source space and the desktop printer profile as the printer space.

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