The initial few paragraphs of this page are common to all three Print
Workflows described earlier. When you press the Print button (i.e.
top right hand corner of Print with Preview dialog) the "System" Print dialog as shown in Figure 5 should appear. The System Print
dialog is actually quite complicated in so far as it includes menu
options for many print setting that are better set within Photoshop
itself or the actual Print driver, and are therefore best avoided. In
particular, you should not need to access options such as: Layout,
Scheduler, Paper Handling, ColorSync, and Cover Page. I really can't
emphasise enough how
important it is that you configure the printer driver in the sequence
that I describe otherwise there is a good chance that one of the settings
will revert to the Epson default.
Figure 5 - "System" Print dialog
Press the popup labelled Copies and Pages (shown in the
screenshot with a red asterisk). Choose Print Settings from the
list of options. When the Printer Settings panel (figure 6)
appears choose the type of Media (1)
that will be used. Next select the Advanced (2)
Figure 6 - Epson Printer Dialog
- Main Window
Choose Best Photo or Photo RPM for the highest Print
Quality (3) option compatible
with the printer/media combination that you require. Also, for best
quality High Speed (4) should
Return to the popup now labelled Print Settings (5)
and choose Color Management. The remainder of this page is
separated into two parts, the first deals with Print Workflow 1
and the second Print Workflow 2 and 3.
Print Workflow 1 (Contd.)
For Color Management (figure 7 below) we have three options
(radio buttons): Color Controls, ColorSync and OFF (No Color
Figure 7 - Epson Print Driver:
Print Workflow 1
The first two options, and for this workflow we're only interested in
these two, are designed to automate the process of printer colour
management, and you have the choice of Color Controls or
ColorSync (6). I suggest that you
avoid choosing ColorSync as it has been known to produce very
unsatisfactory results with some printer models. Actually, I believe that
Color Controls is the best option for novice users.
Also, remember that when this setting is selected the Photoshop Print
with Preview dialog should be configured as shown in
Print Workflow 1.
With the latest Epson drivers for printers such as the Stylus Photo
R800, R1800 and R2400 you will see 3 modes of which Color Controls
with the Mode set to either Epson Standard or Vivid.
Lastly, unless you have good reason to choose differently I recommend
leaving the Gamma setting at 1.8.
Print Workflow 2 and 3 (Contd.)
The third setting for colour management is referred to as Off (No
Color Adjustment) (6a) and is
ONLY appropriate when you're using ICC media profiles in Photoshop or
printing the targets required for creating ICC media type profiles. In
other words you should only use this setting if you have chosen to
configure Photoshop Print with Preview dialog as shown in
Print Workflow 2 or
Print Workflow 3. This
setting is by far the best setting for advanced Photoshop users. It's
also worth mentioning that if you find your final prints are light and
magenta in appearance then there's a very good chance that you chose one
of the other two settings in error or that the sequence in which you
configured the print driver was not exactly as I described above.
In the following screenshot you can see that choosing Off (No Color
Adjustment) (6a) resulted
in the Mode pop-up, Gamma and Color Sliders disappearing from the
print dialog; this is how it should be, so don't panic.
Figure 8 - Epson Print Driver:
Print Workflow 2 and 3
Once you have configured the driver for your preferred media, print
quality and colour management settings it's a good idea to save them for
future use. This is achieved by opening the Presets (7)
popup and choosing "Save As" - do be sure to choose a meaningful
name. Next time you need to make a print you can simply choose this media
type from your list of Presets. In the example shown in figure 9 you can
see that I have preset settings for Epson Enhanced Matte and Semi Gloss
Figure 9 - Saving your settings as Presets
The next page deals with the Epson driver written for
Microsoft Windows XP.
Contd on Page 3.