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Tips on Printing your Photographs at Home

You have taken time to perfect your skills and now I would like to talk about the ending result…putting a smile on your face and printing your masterpiece!  Actually feeling the work!  Please don’t say to yourself that you don’t have a good printer so you can’t print your work.  Just try 🙂

If you don’t have a printer you can use outside printer companies, which is nice when you have time for mailing etc… I’ll write about that another time for you.

In the video above you saw a live workshop I had with our membership program. We had so much fun printing together via Zoom.

I want you to know that you can play with your printer and adjust your image continually to make the print look like what you see on your monitor, but it’s a waste paper.  To me, that’s wasting money and the environment too.

I want to remind you that there are 2 things I’d like you to do that will help you get the print you want.  Calibrate your monitor and download your paper’s ICC profile. The information should be in your box of paper. If it’s not, go to the paper’s website and if you still don’t see it, email them.

color monkey calibration

Calibrating your monitor will make it easier to print the correct colors.

Below is detailed info from my Canon printer and older information that I had when I had my Epson printer.  I wanted to share this for those of you that have Epson’s since I shared my Canon in the video.

Canon Printing

In Photoshop go to File > Print.

Click on the Print Settings.

Set your paper and make sure you’re printing the best quality your printer can handle.

Make custom print sizes for the future.

Select Photoshop to handle color management and select the paper ICC profile you’ve downloaded from the companies website.

Some images look better on different papers.  The more you play the more you’ll figure out what paper looks best with your photographs.

 

Play with this section…

Make sure you check your Gamut.

 

When you see the gray warning.  Make sure you fix the work because that area will have no details.  Most of the time bringing down your saturation a bit should help.  Before doing this, you may be able to try a different paper that can handle what you want to print.

 

Changing the paper will let me get the saturation that I want.

Epson Printing

I really need to stress again that if you do have your own printer, please calibrate your monitor. Color Monkey is an awesome calibration system.  They have many to choose from.  If you’re just beginning just grab this Monkey, if you’re printing and selling your work I recommend this monkey

Ok, let’s go through some basic steps on printing your photograph. When you purchase your photo paper you will see instructions on printing. READ THEM, it does make a difference!

Let us print this image:

First, you will want to go to file > Page setup > select your printer and paper size>

Now select your paper size:

You can print from this but I suggest you use a program like Photoshop to print from. You will be able to set up your pages, printer, manage color…

Once you click on print you will see the info below:

Check the print management: do you want the printer to manage the color or do you want your program (Photoshop) to manage the color?  <click on print> 

You will see this screen next:

You will see a bar “Layout” click on this to get to printer settings, see below:

This is the box where you need to make your changes, layout, paper, & make sure “finest details” is checked and that you have the correct paper type. Click around to learn… Click “print” and enjoy ☺

A couple of things to remember when you print:

• Select your printer
• Select the size you want to be printed
• Make sure you have read your info on the paper you choose to print on.
• Select the correct paper, for example “Epson fine art paper matte finish”.
• Select if the printer or your software will color manage your print.
• Select the “fine” print quality. If your printer is slow, be patient…it’s worth it.

Cheers,
Janice

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