Now that we've looked at how we can work with the soft proof preview and made any needed adjustments to our photograph, we're ready to send our picture to the printer and we can do that by first navigating to the Print dialog. You can either press the shortcut Command+P on a Mac or Ctrl+P on Windows or you can just go to the File pulldown menu and then select Print. This will open up the Print dialog. The first thing that you want to do here is change how this dialog is displayed. Click on the icon on the far right there in order to extend this.
You can also just click-and-drag that out, so you can change its size. Basically you wanted to cover up is much of Photoshop as possible, so that you can focus in on printing. Here you can see we have this Print dialog. It's showing us our image on a certain paper size. It's also showing us this background. Well we can change this background by right-clicking or Ctrl+Clicking. You can make this darker or you can also make this brighter, or you can always use a custom color. If you use a custom color, you can then select that or choose Select Custom Color in order to choose something, say like white or perhaps a solid color.
By choosing this, you notice that will then update the background. Again, you want to choose something which you think will work well in order to focus in on the image itself. Identifying that having a lighter background helps in really focusing on the color and tone of the image. Let's move over to the right-hand column here. We'll start at the top and make our way down through these various panels as you can see here. First, we need to choose our printer. In this case I'm printing to the Epson 3880. You want to make the appropriate selection.
Next what we want to do is navigate to Print Settings. This allows us to dial in the settings for our specific printer. Here what we want to choose is the printer; we also need to go down to our Paper Size, and then our Layout and Print Settings. By going to Printer Settings, we have some options which are really important. Remember, we need to determine which paper type we are printing really from the beginning, and in the last movie, we talked about printing to this Matte Paper. So I'll select that and here I'm going to go ahead and choose that particular paper which is this one right here.
Next what you want to do is choose your Print mode. Typically, what you'll need to do is either choose color or black-and-white. This image is color, so we'll leave that as is. In regards to the color mode, what you want to do is turn this off. We don't want our printer or our print dialog to color manage the process, rather we want Photoshop to do this, because Photoshop will do a better job. Next for our output resolution, this determines how much ink is set down on the sheet of paper. SuperFine will work well, 1440, and then high speed determines how quickly or how much ink is set down at a time.
In other words, as the print head moves across the paper, if High Speed is turned on, it sets ink down in both directions. Turn this off and it only sets ink down in one direction. The ink had lifts up, moves back to the beginning, and then sets ink down again. In other words, it just gives the ink a little bit of time to dry. Depending on your printer you may or may not need to have this option turned on. What I've found with my printer, I can leave this on and the results are fine. Now that we've dialed in all of these Print dialog settings, which are specific to our printer, we're ready to go back to the Print dialog.
Let's click Save, and then I want to take a look at some of these other settings, which we have down below. So, go ahead and leave this open and let's talk about those other settings in the next movie.
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