Custom printer profiling - fix your colour management issues with a profile from Pure Profiles

4. Windows Settings (Printer Colour Management)

First of all, providing you do not use any other custom profiles, it is recommended that you download and install the latest printer driver from your printer manufacturer – the drivers can get updated and it is worth getting the latest in case there were any bugs in the previous version. If you’re using Windows, it’s possible to force the printer driver to use its own internal profile by using a setting in the driver. Whilst this sounds useful, it can play havoc with a colour managed workflow. If it is set to be used always, you can now no longer turn it off when you use your own profile, and the result is a double-profiled print – the print will have all sorts of colour casts and strange colours. So before you print the charts, you need to be sure this setting is set correctly.

Step 1

  • First of all you need to open Control Panel and select the Printers option..

  • Put your cursor over the printer you want profiled, and press the right-hand mouse button to bring up the menu shown. Select the Properties option (Printer Properties for Windows 7).

Step 2 for XP

  • You should now get a dialog box as shown opposite. Click on the Color Management tab.

  • Next, please make sure the setting is set to Automatic.

  • Once that is done, press OK, and the driver is now set up correctly.

Step 2a for Vista \ Win 7

  • You should now get a dialog box as shown opposite. Click on the Color Management tab.

  • Click the Color Management button.

Step 2b for Vista \ Win7

  • Select your printer from the Device drop-down list.

  • If Profile Selection is set to Automatic (Recommended), then it’s set up correctly, and you can click the Close button.

Step 2c for Vista \ Win 7

  • Otherwise tick the Use my settings for this device box.

  • Set the Profile Selection drop-down to Automatic (Recommended).

  • Click the Close button.