Colour Managed Workflow – a Primer

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These tutorials are aimed at beginners in making prints.

First Steps:

Calibrate your monitor – if your monitor is not correct, your prints will probably not be the right colour and your projected images will also not look correct. The club has a Spyder calibrator which you can borrow – speak to the Treasurer. Basically you just load the software from the CD, plug in the sensor and follow the instructions.

Second Step:

Then you need to set up your colour preferences in Photoshop using the video tutorial as a guide:


Download video tutorial: setting up your colour preferences in Photoshop

Third step:

Then decide which of the two colour managed workflows you want to use.

The two workflows are:

1. Allow printer to manage colours.

2. Photoshop manages colours.

Workflow 1 – Allow Printer to Manage Colours

The default setting for most printers.

Photoshop does not convert the document.

Photoshop tags the document and then passes it straight to the printer driver with instructions on how to convert the document colours into the printer optimised equivalent.

When to use?

If you don’t have ICC colour profiles for the papers you are using.

Note: Rendering Intent and Black Point settings may be disabled in many printers when using this option.

Workflow 2 – Allow Photoshop to Manage Colours

Photoshop will convert the document to the printer/paper profile that you have selected in the Printer Profile drop down dialogue.

Colour Management must be switched off in the printer driver software.

Gives you more control of the finished print and (hopefully) better results, but is just a little more complicated to use.

Paper Profiles

Can usually be downloaded free of charge from the paper manufacturers’ web sites.

Double click the downloaded file to install in your colour profiles folder.

The following tutorial will show you how to start using the different workflows. Your printer driver will probably look different to those in the tutorials but most will have the same options…just explore now you know what to look for.


Download video tutorial – settings in your printer driver.