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Using ICC profiles in a program like Photoshop and controlling the printer driver tutorial

Using a custom ICC profile for specialty inks and or media is not difficult. Controlling your image is a matter of pre-press proofing and color management selections of the software and then also the print driver control. This tutorial is for Heat Transfer customers, but the exact same principles of CONTROL apply to everyone even photographic printing.

The main thing to remember is ONLY ONE person/program in this case can be in control of color. It’s EITHER the printer OR the program. So one of these MUST BE told to step aside! Using high end programs like photoshop will always give better color controls than the driver, so obviously we want to use that power. In the case of custom ICC profiles, WE MUST USE A PROGRAM that allows us to use icc profiles. 

First let’s take a look at onscreen soft proofing of the profile

Softproofing in Photoshop

Next let’s take a look at pre print selections to be made

Print Preview Photoshop

Next let’s take a look at the printer driver controls and things designed into it, that you can use to speed "future" production;

Printer Driver1

Printer Driver2

Printer Driver 3

Printer Driver 4

Printer Driver 5

Above screens depict a NEW EPSON DRIVER, for OLDER PRINTER DRIVERS see screen shot below. There will be other Drivers as well, like on Epson Pro Printers and these driver controls can also look slightly different. If you select things within these drivers you can see best how to CONTROL THEM.

Printer Driver

Lastly Print, Press and enjoy!

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