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Printing images and having the quality come out and be, not only acceptable, but really good is both an art and a science. It's challenging. It's tough. There's a lot of steps and ingredients involved and a lot of ways that you can mess things up. So, in this tutorial, we're going to look at a few of the most common basic issues that you could resolve, so that you could print the best possible looking image. Now, the first thing we want to do is go to the Image menu and choose Image Size. And we want to take a look at the width, height, and resolution of our image.
Right now, it says our width and height is 20 inches across by 13 inches high. So if we were to print this, that's exactly what size it eventually would be, but the resolution is set for screen resolution, 72 pixels per inch and not print resolution. So we want to uncheck Resample Image and change the resolution to 300 pixels per inch. And we could see that when we do that, it changes our width and height to a much less impressive 4.8 inches by 3.2 inches. But that's how it's going to look really good, so we've gotta do that. That's as big as we could print it without it starting to look a little soft.
I'm going to go ahead and click OK. And now, we go to File > Print. And here, we have this really powerful Photoshop print settings dialog box. It's pretty basic. I just want you to be aware that it's here. We have our printer that we can choose here, some basic settings. Again, we can choose Portrait Orientation or Landscape Orientation. We could change the number of copies. We could click Print Settings, so we can open up our Printers dialog box, and there are some other controls down here, as well for printing marks and the like. But I want you to be aware of a few important things. Number one, position and size.
I can move this on the page wherever I'd like. So if I did want to maybe reuse this paper like if you're printing on expensive stock, you might not want to print in this center. You might want to put towards the corner, or if you did want to move it in the center, you could just check Center and Photoshop will center it for you automatically. The other thing I want to draw your attention to is Color Handling. Color Management is a huge subject in of itself. There's just tons of information. If you are very picky about your colors and the way that they print, you'll want to start learning about Color Management and ICC profiles and device profiles and the like.
And you'll want to choose Photoshop Manages Colors, and you'll also want to make sure you have the ICC profiles for the printer and for the material that you're going to be printing on from your printer. And you'll want to select those from this drop-down list, and that's again, if you really, really, really know what you're doing. But if you don't know what you are doing and if you don't know what an ICC profile is, then, until you learn about that stuff, then you'll want to choose Printer Manages Colors and you'll want to have your printer kind of guess what your color is going to be. So if you don't know all about Color management, then Photoshop will just guess.
And Photoshop isn't going to guess as good as your printer is going to guess. So again, if you don't know what you're doing, choose Printer Manages Colors and let your printer handle it. If you do know what you're doing and you're a master of the craft, then choose Photoshop Manages Colors, cuz Photoshop will do a better job than your printer assuming that you know what you're doing. And once you have the correct resolution for your image, and it's in the right spot, and you've got the right Color Management set up, and your printer settings are good, go ahead and click Print and your image will print.
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