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Print Like A Pro! (Cont'd)

Letting Your Imaging Software Do It

There's also another way to print — by letting your imaging software call the shots. This will sometimes give you more accurate results, especially if you are using papers and/or inks that are not in your printer manufacturer's regular arsenal. These third-party products usually come with software profiles, similar to your monitor profile. Written instructions tell you which folder to put them in and what settings to use on your printer when using them. Incidentally, some printer manufacturers also give you the option of using profiles they've produced for their own papers and you'll find them in the Profile Menu under Print Space.


FIGURE 6

Figure 6
Once you've selected Print With Preview (or Elements' Print Preview), choose the paper type you intend to use from the Profile menu. Here (Figure 6) I've chosen the profile that was supplied by Red River for its Polar Satin paper which will be output on an Epson 2200 printer. For Intent, choose Perceptual or Relative Colorimetric (you can try both– they'll look virtually the same) and check Black Point Compensation.


FIGURE 7

Figure 7
Click on Print again (Figure 7), and next to Media Type choose either the same name (if you are using one of the manufacturer's paper profiles) or the recommended media setting that came with the profile of the third-party paper you're going to print on. In this case, Red River suggested setting the media type to Premium Semigloss Photo Paper because that's the setting that would lay down the right amount of ink for their Polar Satin paper. Now make sure the radio button is on Custom and then click Advanced.

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