Print your work reliably and with predicable color easily

When you have finished processing your photograph and chosen the type of paper, you are then ready to print it. As you are using fine art paper, you want to minimize the number of failures caused by setting or operation-related errors. 

To this end, you must create an environment for checking color rendition of both the monitor and the printer in accurate colors, and establish your own workflow with the correct print settings. The PIXMA PRO series provides efficient and easy work flow not only for printing with familiar software, such as Photoshop, but also with Print Studio Pro, the plug-in software.

Make printing easy with Print Studio Pro

Seamless operation with image editing software makes printing much simpler


Seamless operation with image editing software makes printing much simpler

Monitor and printer adjustments

Notes on monitor calibration

Ambient light significantly influences the perception of colors displayed both on a monitor and on a print.

Therefore, it is important to select the appropriate ambient light (i.e. a fluorescent lamp) when working on color management.


Monitor Calibration

Changing colors in photographic data on an uncalibrated monitor often causes a variation in colors between the monitor and printer. This is why the monitor needs to be adjusted in advance. Using the monitor’s color calibration function, adjust the settings. 

For even higher adjustment accuracy, make adjustments using a measuring instrument. Monitor adjustment using a monitor calibration tool measures the monitor’s setting values automatically with a color sensor, and adjusts the color tone by creating an ICC profile for the monitor. In addition, by setting the created ICC profile on the computer, you can display accurate color tones.


More accurate prints using Color Management Tool Pro

Color Management Tool Pro is Canon’s own application software equipped with functions to calibrate a printer and create an ICC profile.

An ICC profile can be created with the application software provided with the monitor calibration tool; however, Color Management Tool Pro creates an ICC profile optimized for Canon printers.


Printing from Photoshop

An ICC profile can be specified directly from Adobe Photoshop when printing photo data without using Print Studio Pro.

Note that the Adobe CMM (Color Management Module) color conversion engine is used when using Adobe Photoshop’s printing function. As this engine uses a different color conversion method from that of Print Studio Pro’s color engine, your printer may not produce the same color tones as printed from Print Studio Pro, even when the printing conditions―including the paper―are the same.

Photoshop print settings (for both Windows and Mac OS X)

In the Color Management pane of the Photoshop Print Settings window, select Photoshop manages colors in the Color Handling pull-down menu. Specify the appropriate profile in the Printer Profile menu to suit the loaded paper.

Deselect the Black Point Compensation checkbox. The Canon printer profile assumes that this Black Point Compensation checkbox is turned off. If it is selected, the shadows may be printed lighter than expected.

Printer driver settings

Windows:

Open the Manual Color Adjustment dialog box from the Printer Properties window. In the Matching tab, select None under the Color Correction pull-down menu.

Mac OS X:
​Selecting Photoshop Manages Colors overrides printer driver settings. No additional setting is required.

Photoshop print settings (Adobe Photoshop CS6)

Photoshop print settings (Adobe Photoshop CS6)


Different print results depending on the Rendering Intent method

When the color gamut on a monitor and that of the combination of printer and paper are significantly different, colors beyond the monitor gamut are reproduced on a printer through rendering intent.

Among the different methods to achieve this rendering intent, you can choose Relative Colorimetric in addition to Perceptual in Print Studio Pro. 

It is more likely that choice of different rendering intent methods on a paper with a smaller reproducible color range, such as fine art paper or specialty paper, results in different color tones.

Different print results depending on the Rendering Intent method

Perceptual (recommended): Prints by utilizing the color space that can be reproduced on the printer. Select this when you want to print with an impression close to that on the monitor, as the characteristics of the data displayed on the monitor will be reflected correctly.

Different print results depending on the Rendering Intent method

Relative Colormetric: Converts the image to the printer's color space in a way that the image’s colors that are within the color gamut of the printer are reproduced to the nearest level. Select this when you want to print in colors that are close to the original image.