Using Epson Printer Profiles and Adobe Photoshop in Windows

In the following steps we’ll be using an Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer in the example workflow but the steps are similar for other Epson printers.

Opening Your Image
  1. Open Adobe Photoshop.

  2. Open the Edit menu and select Color Settings.

    Photoshop CS2 Color Settings

  3. Select U.S. Prepress Defaults (Photoshop 7 or CS) or North America Prepress 2 (Photoshop CS2 or CS3) from the Settings menu. This sets Adobe RGB (1998) as the RGB working space and activates warning messages for profile mismatches and missing profiles. Then click OK.

  4. Open the photo you want to print.

  5. If you see the message shown below, select Use the embedded profile (instead of the working space) option and click OK. It is generally best to use the embedded profile.

    Photoshop Embedded Profile

  6. If you see the message shown below, select the Assign working RGB: Adobe RGB (1998) option and click OK.

    Photoshop Missing Profile

  7. When your image appears, evaluate the color balance and contrast as displayed on your monitor. If they need improvement, open the Image menu, select Mode, and click Assign Profile (Photoshop 7 or CS), or open the Edit menu and select Assign Profile (Photoshop CS2 or CS3).

    Click the Preview box so you can see the effects of your profile choice on the screen.

    Then select one of the following as the Profile setting:

    • A different RGB working space, such as ColorMatch RGB or sRGB IEC61966-2.1

    • A scanner profile for your scanner

    • A camera profile for your digital camera

    This is most effective when your monitor is calibrated using a hardware device such as the X-Rite Optix XR, X-Rite GretagMacbeth Eye-One Display, X-Rite Eye-One Display 2, or Color vision Spyder2.

  8. Click Ok.

  9. Note:
    Assigning a profile to the image doesn’t alter your file, it is only the interpretation of the image file by your software and only effects how it appears on your monitor and in a printout. This is the best way to improve the color balance and contrast in your images.

Selecting Your Print Settings
  1. In Windows XP or 2000, open the File menu and select Page Setup. Make sure your printer is selected, and click Ok.

    In Windows Vista, open the File menu and select Print. Make sure your printer is selected and then click the Page Setup button.

  2. Select the size of your paper as the Size setting.

    Printer Page Setup 2

  3. Select the orientation of your image.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Open the File menu and select Print with Preview (Photoshop 7, CS or CS2) or Print (Photoshop CS3).

  6. If necessary, click More Options or Show More Options then select Color Management from the pull-down menu. Additional options appear:

    Photoshop Print Preview

  7. Under Color Handling in Photoshop CS2, choose Let Photoshop Determine Colors. In Photoshop CS3, choose Photoshop Manages Color.

    Photoshop Print Preview 2

  8. Open the Profile (Photoshop 7 or CS) or Printer Profile (Photoshop CS2 or CS3) list and select the profile for your printer that matches the paper you’re printing on. If you’re printing with Epson Premium ICC profiles, the profile includes the print quality you want to use in the name.

    Premium ICC profiles are available for download for the Stylus Photo R800, Stylus Photo R1800, and Stylus Photo R2400 and can be identified with the suffix “.icc,” for example, “SPR1800 PrmGlsy BstPhoto.icc.”

  9. Select Relative Colorimetric as the Intent (Photoshop 7 or CS) or Rendering Intent (Photoshop CS2 or CS3) setting.

    If your image contains very saturated colors, select Perceptual. This reduces the color saturation so that the colors fit within the printer’s color gamut.

  10. Select the Black Point Compensation checkbox.

Printing Your Color-Managed Photo
  1. Click the Print button.

  2. Make sure your printer is selected, then click the Properties or Preferences button.

    Printer Driver Settings

  3. Select Photo or Best Photo as the Quality Option. Make sure the Quality Option matches the profile you selected if using premium profiles.

  4. Select the Type setting for the paper you’ll use for the print. This should match the type of paper for the profile you selected in the Print with Preview (Photoshop 7, CS or CS2) or Print (Photoshop CS3) window.

  5. Select the Size setting for the paper you’re printing on.

  6. Click the Advanced button.

  7. Turn off the High Speed and Edge Smoothing options, if they are available.

  8. Select ICM under Color Management, then select Off (No Color Adjustment).

    Make sure that you select Off (No Color Adjustment). If you don’t, the printer driver will apply additional correction to the print, producing inaccurate results.

    Printer Driver Settings 2

  9. If a Gloss checkbox is available (varies by model), turn it on when printing on any of the following paper types:

    • Ultra Premium Photo Paper Glossy or
      Ultra Premium Glossy Photo Paper

    • Premium Photo Paper Glossy or
      Premium Glossy Photo Paper

    • Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss or
      Premium Semigloss Photo Paper

    • Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster or
      Premium Luster Photo Paper

    • PremierArt Water Resistant Canvas

  10. Click OK.

  11. Click OK or Print to print.