First and foremost, let me start off by saying I am in no way an expert when it comes to all things Photoshop/Elements and printing. :)
But for some time my photos were printing on the yellow side. And this is strange because my Epson Photo Stylus 1400 printer tends to not print yellow. It’s been something I’ve dealt with for years–always having to clean my print heads because the yellow gets clogged up.
Well, not too long ago I decided to figure out what was going on. I brought my camera-shootin’ photo-printin’ daughter down to see if we couldn’t figure it out. She always says, ‘Let Photoshop handle the color, not the printer.’ Well, that’s all fine and dandy, but even when I had it set for PS to handle the color, it was still yellow.
She was looking at things and when I asked her about the Printer Profile box. This is what it was set as:
And I believe it just always defaults to that. I’ve never changed it and it seems like that’s what it’s always said, but I could be wrong. You would think I was wrong if my printer used to print correctly. And now that I think about it, I remember doing an update on the printer driver, maybe it changed then.
Aaaaaaanyway, Kass said, ‘Oh yeah. That could definitely be the problem. You need to make sure that you have that set to same paper that you’re using.’
That would be Epson Premium Lustre Photo Paper…otherwise listed as:
(Make sure that the Color Handling is set to Photoshop to get the drop-down box.)
Did you happen to hear the angels singing last week? Yeah, that’s when this bit o’ magic occurred. Correct printing on the left, bad printing on the right.
Just look at the difference in the tomatoes and basil alone! So much cleaner and brighter! I was soooo happy, you have no idea.
And in case you are wondering about whether or not this happens in Photoshop Elements? The answer is yes! Here’s where you can find it. When you go into the Print screen, select More Options down on the bottom and it will bring up this dialog box where you can then select Color Management.
Make sure you change the Color Handling to Photoshop Elements and then go select the paper type you are using for your photos under Printer Profile.
So there you have it. My little amateur printing tip for the day.
I just wished I would have realized it was set incorrectly sooner. :)