Windows XP and 2000

As with the Mac OS X page you'll find that 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 10 should appear.


Figure 10 - Windows "System" Print dialog


Press the Properties button. Once the Printer driver dialog (Figure 11) appears choose the type of Media (1) that will be used. Next select either  Photo or Best Photo for Quality Type (2). The last setting to choose in this dialog is the Advanced button (3).



Figure 11 - Epson Basic Printer Dialog - Main Window


Print Workflow 1

For Color Management (5) we have a number of options, many of which only serve to confuse and are completely unnecessary. Also, for this tutorial I'm ignoring Advanced B&W since it's only available on the Epson Stylus Photo R2400.

The following screenshot (Figure 12) is where we make the important selections. For best print quality you should disable High Speed (4).



Figure 12 - Epson Print Driver: Print Workflow 1


The first two Color Management options are designed to automate the process of printer colour management and you have the choice of Color Controls or PhotoEnhance. Both these options are best suited to novice Photoshop users but I suggest that you avoid using PhotoEnahnce since it applies additional processing and sharpening to the image and can produce very unsatisfactory results with some printer models. I also suggest that you stick with Epson Standard or Vivid for the Color Mode (6). Also, remember that when this setting is selected the Photoshop Print with Preview dialog should be configured as shown in Print Workflow 1. Lastly, unless you have good reason to choose differently I recommend leaving the Gamma setting at 1.8.



Figure 13 - Epson Print Driver: Print Workflow 1 (ICM Mode)


By choosing ICM (5a) (see Figure 13 above) you gain access to the internal Epson printer colour management system (i.e. Applied by Printer Software) and the Off (No Color Adjustment) mode. The later mode (i.e. No Color Adjustment) is NOT compatible with Print Workflow 1 and should NOT be selected. When the former (Applied by Printer Software) is selected the driver automatically makes use of the Epson media profiles but does so in a way that means their selection in Photoshop should be avoided. Actually, using this method to select an ICC media profile in Photoshop and the Epson driver leads to double profiling, so the final prints will look awful. Therefore, to obtain the best results from this particular mode of operation you be configured as shown in Print Workflow 1.

Print Workflow 2 and 3

The last setting for colour management is referred to as Off (No Color Adjustment) (7) 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 settings in error.



Figure 14 -  Epson Print Driver: Print Workflow 2 and 3


Tip: In the screenshot  shown above you can see that choosing Off (No Color Adjustment)  (7) resulted in the Mode pop-up, Gamma and slider controls being removed from the print dialog; this is how it should be so don't panic when they disappear.


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