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Now that you know how the print will look, it's time to work on printing it. Choose File > Print to display a dialog box that lets you set up the printing of this image (see Figure 7). There are a few key things to keep in mind here before you click the Print button:

  • Make sure that the proper printer is selected in the Printer drop-down list.
  • Select the Proof button in the upper-right corner of the dialog box, and make sure that the appropriate profile is displayed below the button.
  • Select Photoshop Manages Colors in the drop-down list below the Proof button, so that the print job definitely uses the specified profile.
  • Select the Gamut Warning option under the image preview. The gamut warning window lets you see whether you're going to have problems with specific portions of the image. Generally, it's a good idea for you to fix these possible problems before you print.

Figure 7 The Print proof dialog in Photoshop.

After you have all of these settings completed and you click Print, you'll get another Print dialog box for the printer itself, as shown in Figure 8. This is your last chance to control the printing. (Note that not all of these options are available for all printers.) If you see something in this dialog box that lets your printer perform color management, turn off that setting. Remember that color is being managed on the Photoshop side, so additional color management from the printer usually isn't needed.

Figure 8 Photoshop's Print dialog.

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