Similar to what happens with texts or videos on the PCs we buy today, images have become a regular fixture. To work with these files we have a multitude of programs, among which we can highlight the popular Adobe proposal. Let’s see therefore everything that we are going to find when printing our own or personalized images in Photoshop.
This is a very versatile application that allows us to carry out all kinds of work and treatments with our photos. In fact, it could be considered as the undisputed leader in the sector, despite the many programs that want to compete with Photoshop. The free alternative most similar to this, such as the open source project, GIMP , serves as a clear example of all this.
But here we do not want to focus on this other interesting program, but on how you can get the most out of Photoshop’s printing function. And we must know that the program we are talking about shows us an infinity of functions to retouch, improve and create digital images from scratch. All this, as it is easy to imagine, we carry out from our PC monitor . This is very useful when it comes to saving, selling or sharing our personal projects, but this is not always enough.
- The basics of printing a photo in Photoshop
- More advanced parameters of Photoshop’s Print function
The basics of printing a photo in Photoshop
By this, what we mean is that on certain occasions we need to put that photographic project on which we have worked on paper. Whether as a gift to a family member, as a frame, or as part of a larger professional project, the printing function is sometimes extremely important. Of course, due to the importance we are talking about, the parameters to take into account here are many. Of course, its need or use will vary greatly based on the needs of each one, or the work carried out.
How to open Photoshop’s print function
It is not the same to print a photo in a personal capacity to show it to friends, than for a professional graphic design project. It is precisely for all this reason that the heads of Adobe focus on trying to make things easier for us in this sense, as we will see.
First of all we will tell you that once we have the image ready for us to send it to the printer, we can do it from the File / Print menu. Similarly, and to save time, we can also use the Ctrl + P key combination.
This leads to a new window in which we find the parameters to be dealt with in this section. Of course, in the event that we are not going to make special use of the printed copy, or we are not advanced users, it is best to leave the default configuration of the program. Therefore, in the new window we only have to click on the Print button at the bottom.
Resize image before printing
But that’s not all, since the Adobe retouching program, from this same window, allows us to adapt the size of the photo depending on the paper format to be used. In this way we ensure that neither over nor missing once this is reflected in the print. For this we recommend expanding the section called Position and size .
Choose the printer and configure the basic parameters
Here we find parameters related to the placement of the photo on the paper, its scale and measurements, all customizable. Likewise and for those of us who do not want to complicate ourselves much, we must also take into account the section called Printer configuration. This is found in the upper part of this window, and it allows us to select the output device as such, the number of copies, or the orientation of the paper.
This that we have seen so far, will be more than enough for most non-professional users who want to get their Photoshop projects on paper, without more.
More advanced parameters of Photoshop’s Print function
But at the same time, the program presents us with a series of additional configurations that allow us to go one step further in this regard, as we will see. These try that the most advanced users demanding in everything related to their photos , can make use of this function of printing in Photoshop in the most controlled way possible.
Manage color when printing in Photoshop
In this somewhat more advanced sense, one of the most important sections that we find in the aforementioned Photoshop print window is Color Management. The less experienced may never touch this, but it will be useful to professionals in the sector. First of all from here we have the possibility to specify which element we want to manage the colors when printing, or the printer itself, or the Adobe program. If we already have this hardware device configured based on our needs, we will choose the first one, of course.
On the other hand, we will have the possibility to specify in the application the type of tone interpretation that will be done in this process. We find the following alternatives: Perceptual, Saturation, Relative Colorimetric or Absolute Colorimetric.
Add and customize print marks
As graphic printing professionals probably already know, print marks are very important here. That is why Photoshop also allows us to add these elements to the image that we are going to print on paper in a very simple way. Therefore, whatever they want or need to use and implement certain printing marks to their photography project, this same window allows it. To do this, all you have to do is access the section called Print Marks.
Here we will find the brands that from this section we have the option to implement in the printed document as such. At the same time and from it, we also have the possibility of adding a personalized description, informational labels of the image, or registration marks. Everything will depend on the needs of each type of work when printing in Photoshop .
Additional functions in printing
But that is not what we can carry out from this section of the program. In the same way, and in order to make things a little easier for us, we are in the window we have talked about, with a section called Functions. Well, to give us an idea of what we have here, say that we can directly invert the colors of the image and turn it into a negative . We can also flip it horizontally before printing, all with a single mouse click.
At the same time, and from this same section that we are commenting on, we can define a background color for the out-of-image printing that is not blank. What’s more, we will even have the possibility to add a black border to the photo on paper , all extremely easily.