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Here, I want to point out just a couple of small new features in regards to Printing in Photoshop CS5. Well, here you can see I have two different images open. I am going to go ahead and print the first file. This first file has actually been converted to 16-bit mode. You can do so by navigating to Image and then selecting mode and then choosing 8 or 16 Bits/Channel. Now, a lot of people who are using Lightroom are working in the 16 Bits/Channel Workspace. In those cases, if you are working in that context and have a printer that can actually handle 16 Bits/Channel, you can send all of that information to the printer.
Let me show you how this works. Well, here what we are going to do is go ahead and press Command+P or Ctrl+P in order to open up the Print dialog. Now, this is a lower resolution file, so we can see it sitting small in the page here. That's fine for demo purposes. What we want to do is first select our printer. In this case, I am going to be printing to the Epson 3800, which is a printer that I use most frequently. Now, once I have selected the printer, you'll notice a have the option to send this 16-bit data directly to the printer. Now, a quick word of caution here. If your printer can't handle 16 Bits/Channel, well it's not going to really degrade the overall print, but it will really slow down the print process.
So, only use this if you are sure if that's an option for your printer. The next thing I am going to do is go ahead and select my Color Handling option, so that Photoshop will manage color. Then let's say I am going to choose a Print Paper Profile. In this case, I am going to select Velvet Fine Art (VFAP) and Relative Colorimetric. Now, in the previous versions of Photoshop, what happened was once you dialed in all of these settings, it completely forgot those. But new to Photoshop CS5 is built- in memory for each different document. So, let's go ahead and remember that this is Photoshop Manages Colors, Velvet Fine Art Paper (VFAP) and Relative Colorimetric.
Then let's simply click Done. Next, let's move over to this other image over here and press Command+P on a Mac, Ctrl+P on a PC. Now, in this particular case, let's say that for this document Photoshop Manages Colors. Here, what we are going to do is go to a Premium Glossy Paper (PGPP). Rather than Relative Colorimetric, what I want to do is actually choose Perceptual. So, in this case, I've dialed in these different settings inside of Photoshop and here I am going to simply click Done. I am clicking done to simply demonstrate how Photoshop will remember our Print dialog settings in Photoshop CS5.
Let's go back to our first image. Here press Command or Ctrl+P in order to open up the Print dialog. But once again, you can see that it did remember my paper type and also my Rendering Intent and all of the other settings that I have dialed in here. Now, at this juncture, all that I would need to do it print would be to simply click the Print button, but for demo purposes, I'll click Done. Let's compare that with the other photograph. Over here in this image, press Command or Ctrl+P. Then again, here we can see a different Printer Profile and a different Rendering Intant.
So, keep in mind that it is going to remember all of your different settings. I am just simply modifying a few to demonstrate how in Photoshop CS5 the Print dialog information is actually saved with each file. Now, as you can imagine, this is a huge Time Saver. Therefore, if you've already printed an image, rather than having to re-dial in all of these different settings, you simply will need to open up the image, double-check everything and then print, and then you will be off and on your way.
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