Photoshop - creating custom printer profiles

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I've had difficulties in the past getting my custom printer profiles to match my screen (I do use a colorimeter). Is ACPU still the best way to print test charts?
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Chris Cox

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Yes, you need ACPU to print color charts for profiling.
The OS vendors decided to make it difficult to print without color management, so we had to move that functionality to another app.
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Thanks for your reply Chris. For some reason, my custom profiles didn't work out, even though I used ACPU and installed the custom profiles. CS5 recognizes them and the prints are sharp, but they are a bit dark and the color is definitely a bit off. I am using 3rd party paper (Red River) with my canon pixma pro Mark II (they have paper types that are supposed to work with canon printers). Perhaps it's the 3rd party paper. Before I try and send test prints in all over again, I'm trying to make sure I'm not making an error on the photoshop side of things.

I'm using these settings under preferences (to print images w/the custom profiles):

North Am. PrePress 2, Adobe RGB 1998, U.S. Web coated SWOP v2, Dot Gain 20%, Dot Gain 20%, Preserve Embedded Profiles, Adobe ACE engin, use blackpoint compensation, use dither, compensate for scene referred profiles. I also make sure photoshop is managing colors when I print.

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That looks reasonable for the basic color settings.
But you need to doublecheck the settings in the Photoshop print dialog, and in the printer driver dialog.