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The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: When you get to the Drivers & Support area, click on the Printers link and navi- gate to the color inkjet printer section. Once you find the inkjets, click on the Drivers & Downloads link, then find your particular printer in the list of printer models (in my case, it's an Epson Stylus Photo 2200). Find your printer in the list, click on it, and you'll arrive at the page where the standard drivers are found. But you don't want the standard drivers, so click on the link for the professional, custom ICC profiles page (just below the printer's name, in this case). Step Four: When you click on that link, a page appears with a list of Mac and PC ICC profiles for Epson's papers and printers. This is the Holy Grail--the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow--and best of all, it's free. Now, is it really worth this treasure hunt? Well, here's what Epson says right on their website about these free profiles: "In most cases, these custom ICC profiles will provide more accurate color and black-and-white print quality than with the standard profiles already shipping with every printer." So in short, if you want more accurate color and black-and-white prints, download these profiles. Download one for every paper you're using (I've been using the Velvet Fine Art, Premium Luster, and the Enhanced Matte, so I downloaded all three). Now, once you download them, then what? Continued Color Management Step-by-Step Chapter 5 139