printing + color profiles

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. :)


2017-05-29T20:05:27+00:00May 13th, 2014|printing, tips and tricks|6 Comments


  1. Sandy Evans May 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

    You never cease to amaze me Kerri…

  2. Tania K May 13, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    So there are different profiles for the PAPER you use. I thought that the printer would automatically select the correct profile when you select the paper type!

    • Kerri May 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      You know, that would seem quite logical, wouldn’t it? I don’t know if there’s a setting I’m missing for it to do that or what. Like I say–amateur here. :)

  3. Cynthia May 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Wow, what a difference in the photos, thanks so much for sharing…I will keep this in mind…

  4. sherrygrove May 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    thanks, Kerri! I wasn’t unhappy with the color on my printed photos, but the discrepancy bugged me from time to time! Anxious to see how my color prints look now that I’ve changed the settings.

  5. Lida July 16, 2014 at 7:53 am

    That could have been my problem a few years ago, my Epson rx600 printer kept printing redder than it should. Instead of checking the color management like you and your daughter did. I traded it in for another model. Problem was fixed but probably not way it should have been. Wish I knew, now I know! Thanks for posting this.

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