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 reflected here.

  • "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 View menu).


  • "Print Space: Profile" is where we choose the preferred method of managing the colour output from Photoshop. We have three different options and each has its own specific configuration in the printer driver so you avoid a mix and match approach. Please read and understand the differences between each!

  1. "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 image/document.

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)


  1. "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 Colour Management


  1. "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.


  1. Epson Printer Driver Settings for Microsoft Windows (Stylus 2100, 1290S and earlier Photo series models)

  2. Epson Printer Driver Settings for Microsoft Windows (Stylus 2200, R800, R1800, R2400)

  3. Epson Printer Driver Settings for Mac OS X

  4. Epson Printer Driver Settings for Mac OS 9



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