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Printing a Target Image

When you work in the world of computer monitors and output devices, what you see on your monitor, is seldom what you get when you print. The color spaces are different—monitors are additive color, and paper is subtractive color. In addition, monitors use pixels to generate colors, and printers use inks. However, you can create a target print, and then use that to generate a custom profile. A target document with specific color swatches and information is used to create the target document and is supplied as part of a third-party color management software package. When printing a target, you want to turn off all color management in both Photoshop and the print driver. Once the target is printed, it is scanned by a third-party measuring instrument to create the custom profile. Photoshop supplies a target document called Ole' No More Moiré you can use to print the target document, and companies such as Color Cal (www.colorcal.com) provide electronic measurement systems to analyze the image and create the profile. If you have more than one output device, you will have to print a target for each document.

Print a Target Image

Open a color target document (such as Photoshop's Ole' No More Moiré).

Click the File menu, and then click Print With Preview.

Select the Show More Options check box.

Click the list arrow, and then select Color Management.

Click the Document option.

This reproduces colors as interpreted by the profile currently assigned to the document.

Click the Profile list arrow, and then click Same As Source.

Click Print.

Click the Printer list arrow, and then select the correct output device.

Select any other print related options as needed.

Click Print.


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