This next dialog is where things get a little more
interesting. I've tried to explain the meaning of each option and so give
the user a better idea why certain combinations work and others do not.
"Source Space: Document": denotes the actual
colour space of the "source" image/document to be printed. The
example below shows Adobe RGB (1998), but it could be any number of
user specified alternatives (e.g. sRGB, ProPhoto, ColorMatch). If the
image has already been converted (using the Photoshop Convert to
Profile command) to a printer/media profile its name will be
"Source Space: Proof": if this is active it
tells Photoshop to convert the image/document from the
source colour space to the ICC profile specified. You can only alter
this profile from within the Proof Setup dialog (see: Photoshop
"Same as source" (figure 4 below): Photoshop
simply passes the image/document straight to the printer driver without
making any print space conversions. There will be no ICC profile
embedded in the image and so this option is effectively telling
Photoshop to NOT colour manage the process of printing the
This particular option is usually chosen when printing
the special multicolour patch targets that are used with ICC printer
profiling applications and is NOT recommended when you're
printing normal images.
Figure 4 - Same as Source (this
means - don't manage colour)
"Printer Color Management" (figure 5 below): -
choosing this option informs Photoshop that the image/document should
be sent to printer driver with the profile listed against "Source
Space:" embedded within it. By embedding this profile Photoshop is
providing the printer driver with all the necessary information
required to ensure accurate colour rendering. The image/document colour
management is handled automatically by the printer driver.
This option is probably the best choice for
Photoshop users who are not yet familiar with media profiles.
Figure 5 - Automatic Printer
"ICC Profile" (figure 6): - this last option is
where we choose a specific ICC profile compatible with the printer and
media combination being used. Notice that once an ICC profile is
selected the "Intent" and "Use Black Point Compensation"
(BPC) checkboxes are activated. Generally you'll want to use
Perceptual or Relative Colorimetric and have BPC
checked. It's worth noting that with many of the newer models from
Epson (e.g. 2100, 2200, R800, R1800, and R2400) it is probable that
choosing Relative Colorimetric will produce
the more pleasing prints.
Figure 6 - Using Media (paper)
Profiles with Photoshop
Once the Print with Preview dialog has been configured to suit
your requirements it's time to press the Print button.
For more details on how to configure the actual Printer driver you
should follow one of the links shown below. Each link will take you to an
Operating System specific set of instructions.