Share this Page URL

Hour 23. Printing and Publishing > Preparing to Print - Pg. 415

Printing and Publishing Imagesetters Imagesetters are printers used for medium- or large-scale commercial printing jobs. These large, expensive machines burn the image onto photographic film or paper. That film is then developed and used to make printing plates that are used for the actual printing. We're talking high resolution here: 1,200­2,400 dpi, or even better. Imagesetters don't print in color, per se. Instead, you have to create a separate image for each color you want printed. These are called color separations; we'll talk more about them later. Preparing to Print It's possible to go very deeply into the theory and methodology of printing. Professionals know the power of having color-compensated monitors and color-printing profiles, which guarantee that what you see on the screen is as close as humanly possible to what you will see on the paper. For the rest of us, most of the time pretty good is good enough. We'll delve into some of the mysteries of color printing in this hour, but before we do, let's start with the most basic of the basics. Printers (the hardware kind) use software called printer drivers that function as part of your operating system, whether it's Mac OS or Windows. The driver converts the output from Photoshop (or your word processor, or whatever printable software you're using) into a form that the printer can understand and reproduce on paper. (Okay, on silk or transparency, too.) So, before you can print, you need to have a printer hooked up and the appropriate driver installed. If you have more than one printer available, be sure that you've selected the one you intend to use. If you're on a Mac, use the Printer Setup Utility or choose your printer from the pop-up menu at the top of the Print dialog box. On a PC, select a printer from the FilePage Setup pop-up menu. Photoshop has five print-related commands. Page Setup is part of the printer driver. Print with Preview is specific to Photoshop. (It used to be called Print Options.) Print is where you verify everything you've set in the other two boxes and click OK to create the actual print. Print One Copy does just that. It immediately sends the current image to the printer, no questions asked. It will print to the selected printer with whatever settings were used on the last photo. And Print Online starts up Bridge, which displays a form you can use to order prints online from Adobe (via If you just want to print using your own printer, you can make many of the same settings in either the Print with Preview or the Page Setup dialog box. It doesn't really matter which one you use. Let's start with Page Setup. It's shown in Figure 23.1. Figure 23.1. The Page Setup dialog box looks different depending on what printer you're using. 415