Sunday, March 29, 2009

Perceptual Rendering Intent

A reader asks, "what's the best way to get my large photos looking good on a low-end ink-jet printer."

The problem lies in squeezing your beautiful work into a small gamut. Try these settings, found in Edit>Convert to Profile. Your printer should be able to handle the sRGB space, and the Perceptual Rendering Intent will help ease your image into that space.

In the war between absolute colour fidelity and the relationship between similar colors, Perceptual sides with the relationship and does its best to preserve the "look and feel" of the image at the expense of the raw colour numbers.

Use these settings and produce a test print. Chances are, this method will help you produce the best images possible out of a lower end printer.

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