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CS3 Printing Help


I know many of you have way more graphic design experience than myself, and am hoping you can help me out. When I first made the mockups of our Save the Dates I was using the trial versions of Illustrator and Photoshop. Last night I went to print them again to start testing papers, and the colors are all wrong! The colors are so bright and saturated they look fluorescent!! Not good!

So, does anyone know if the trial versions have the print settings already calibrated for home printers? And can someone tell me which of the 52,000 combinations of print settings I should use for a basic inkjet or medium-grade photo printer?



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Dec. 16th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
This is something that you can probably find the answer to in Photoshop's Knowledge Base. Since that website is devoted solely to photoshop questions and answers, whereas ours is devoted to wedding planning, you'll certainly find more information there than in here.
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the novel...
First, you want to make sure that the mode is in CMYK (Image menu -> Mode -> CMYK).

Then, to see what THOSE colors look like, go to View -> Proof Setup -> Working CMYK/Monitor RGB. If you see a shift in color, that's your answer for the color saturation issue and your monitor may need to be calibrated.

The easiest solution is under Proof Setup, select the one is printing as (either the CMYK or Monitor), go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation and use the slide on whatever layer needs to be adjusted until the colors become what you're looking for.

Hope this helps!!! FH happened to be sitting next to me and he's the Photoshop whiz =)
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing the problem is that you were working in RGB color, instead of CMYK. Most likely you will need to start over using a CMYK workspace instead of a RGB one in order to print properly. RGB is really meant for web design and CMYK is meant for print. Good luck!
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