Photoshop: What Color Management Settings should I use for printing?

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Color Management/Printing Question Windows Vista/CS5: After I've taken a Raw file, worked with it in Adobe Camera Raw, and opened it in Photoshop, I'm still uncertain what my color settings should be (if the image is destined for print). I have ACR defaulting to 16 bit files, Adobe RGB 1998. What setting should I use in "Working Spaces" and "Color Management Policies"? I'm printing to a Canon Pixma Pro 9500 inkjet printer.

What if I later want to post the same Photoshop file on the web? Can I simply change settings? - if so, what to?
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Photoshop settings won't matter much, because the document comes from ACR with the profile you set in ACR.

When printing, you want "Photoshop manages color" and select the profile that belongs to your printer for the type of paper you are using. The printer driver should disable it's own color adjustments because Photoshop will be managing the color conversions.

If you want it on the web, it's usually best to convert to sRGB. But you can do that in the SaveForWeb dialog when you export the file (compress and remove metadata you don't want).
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Here's a guide on printing from Creative Suite applications:

CS5/CS5.5 Printing Guide - The CS5 / CS5.5 Printing Guide (PDF - 20.5MB) is an in-depth technical reference guide designed especially for printers and production artists to help them learn the best ways of handling and preparing CS5 and CS5.5 files for print. Pages 71-73 are most interesting as they cover print settings in Photoshop CS5.