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Saving printer settings

If you spend time experimenting with your printer settings, you can save your hard work as a preset, ready to use next time.

Arriving at a good balance

If you are striving for the best kind of print from your paper and ink combination, then it pays to try a few different settings to see which work best. In addition to the Media Type setting, the Print Quality options will have a profound effect on the overall color and density of your print. It’s worth testing your paper using 720, 1440, or 2880 dpi to see which looks best.

In this example, the first test print, shown above middle, was slightly magenta. A second test print was made, but this time the magenta was reduced using the Color Control sliders, shown above left. The final print, above right, shows much less magenta, which in turn makes the green grass more vivid on the print.

Saving your settings recipe

Once you have arrived at a satisfactory conclusion to your testing, you can save and store the settings for next time. In the Presets pop-up menu, choose the Save As option.

Giving the preset a name

To make it easy to retrieve your special recipe, name the preset after the paper you are using.

Using the preset to make your next print

Next time you decide to output on the same paper, simply choose your saved setting from the Presets menu.

Download free printer test images

The best images to use to test your paper, ink, and printer settings are properly made test files. These contain the full range of color and neutral tones, making evaluation much easier. This free example by Bill Atkinson can be downloaded here:

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