How to Use Photoshop to Print on Photo Paper


Adobe Photoshop is a comprehensive image and graphic processing software and has many editing features for digital photographers. You use the program to correctly set the exposure of the image, improve the contrast and sharpness, modify the colors to match your vision of the final picture and, finally, prepare the photograph for printing.

  • Open the image in Adobe Photoshop and make sure that you have completed all the editing you had planned on the photo. Click "File>Print" to open up the print dialog box.

  • Select your printer in the drop-down box and make sure that it is connected to your computer and turned on. Click "Print Settings" to open up the Properties dialog for your printer.

  • Find the Quality setting in the main tab of the Printer Properties dialog box. Each printer will be different at this stage, but find and check the "Photo" or "Best Photo" option. In Paper Options, select the type of paper you are using -- such as "Premium Photo Paper Gloss."This will be specific to your paper. Select the paper size and if the image is portrait or landscape format. Click OK to go back to the Print dialog in Photoshop.

  • Click on the check box "Scale to Fit Media" to reduce a large image to properly fit on the paper size, if necessary. It is not a good idea to increase the scale by more than 200% as this will degrade the quality of the print.

  • Select "Printer Manages Colors" under Color Handling, and "Perceptual" under Rendering Intent. Finally click Print. The image will print out at your chosen size on the photo paper.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add sharpening to the photo using Smart Sharpen until the image looks just too sharp on the screen to get a picture that jumps off the page.
  • Use the Match Print Colors and Show Paper White check boxes in the Print Dialog to get a view of what the final print will look like on paper.
  • Make sure your photo file size is big enough for the print. Use "Image Size" with at least 180 pixels/inch to see how big the print can be.
  • Check your printer handbook to see how to make sure the print nozzles are clean before you print an important photo.

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