Print a hard proof
A hard proof (sometimes
called a proof print or match
print) is a printed simulation of what your final output on a printing
press will look like. A hard proof is produced on an output device thatís
less expensive than a printing press. Some inkjet printers have the
resolution necessary to produce inexpensive prints that can be used as hard
- Choose View > Proof Setup,
and select the output conditions you want to simulate. You can do this using
a preset or by creating a custom proof setup.
The view changes automatically according to the
proof you choose, unless you choose Custom. In this case, the Customize
Proof Condition dialog box appears. You must save custom proof settings for
them to appear in the Proof Setup Preset menu of the Print dialog box.
Follow the instructions to customize a proof.
- After you select a proof,
choose File > Print.
- Choose Color Management
from the pop-up menu.
- Select Proof.
The profile that appears in parentheses, should
match the proof setup you selected earlier.
- For Color Handling, choose
Photoshop Manages Colors.
- For Printer Profile, select
the profile for your output device.
- (Optional) Set any of the
- Proof Setup
This option is available if you select Proof
from the Print area. From the pop-up menu, choose any customized proofs
that exist locally on your hard drive.
- Simulate Paper Color
Simulates what colors look like on the paper of
the simulated device. Using this option produces the most accurate proof,
but it is not available for all profiles.
- Simulate Black Ink
Simulates the brightness of dark colors for the
simulated device. Using this option results in more accurate proofs of
dark colors, but it is not available for all profiles.
- Access the color management
options for the printer driver from the Print Settings dialog box, which
automatically appears after you click Print. In Windows, click the
Preferences button to access the printer driver options. In Mac OS, use the
pop-up menu from the Print Settings dialog box to access the printer driver
- Turn off color management
for the printer so that the printer profile settings donít override your
Every printer driver has different color
management options. If itís not clear how to turn off color management,
consult your printer documentation.
- Click Print.
Note: If you get
a warning that your image is larger than the printable area of the paper,
click Cancel, choose File > Print, and select the Scale To Fit Media box.
To make changes to your paper size and layout, click Print Settings, and
attempt to print the file again.