Photoshop: Need better controls for printing

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It took a long time learning how to print properly from PS. But the levels you need to travel to set-up, and confirm that setting are correct is troubling.

Example. I have both an Epson R1900 and 2400. My preference for accurate color managed printing is:

Select printer
Go to printer setting
Select paper size, type, quality (best), Highspeed on/off
Go to advanced: Switch color management to ICC. Turn color management off
Exit back to PS print dialog. Wait while it does its thing?
Let Photoshop manage colors
Relative Colormetrics
Black Point Compensation
(tricky part to miss) Select paper type again
Check the preview that it is indeed the proper paper size.
Check the Image Size (centered)
Make sure its orientation is selected (Portrait or landscape)
Then print.

It would be nice if Photoshop could assist in this. Making sure the Printers Color Management is indeed off, The PS is managing color, and just leaving paper size, type and orientation up to me.

It is very easy to miss one of these things.

And generally, every print needs this workflow.

Those wonderful engineers at Adobe must have some idea to simplify this process.
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Chris Cox

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If you have Photoshop managing colors, then you shouldn't need to turn off the printer color controls - because they'll be automatically turned off by the driver/OS.

And we can only do so much to guide third party driver developers, much less OS print code developers.
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I wasn't aware that selecting let Photoshop manage color turns off. Epsons Color management? Are you sure about that, because one of people biggest problem is double color management.

I'm not that experienced with Lightroom printing, but I think once I set all those options correctly, at least until I make a change, any print I make will retain those options.

In PS, Each image, kind of starts from scratch regarding the settings. If I've never printed ansd saved an image before, when I go to print in PS I have to run through all those settings.
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Yes, when the application is managing color, the driver is supposed to turn off it's controls - that's been part of the Mac and Windows OS driver specifications for many years now.

The double color management usually comes about from user mistakes, or bugs in the driver code.

Yes, each document starts with the default settings for the default printer, then remembers the last used settings.
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Thank you, I tried it and you are indeed correct. If you select Let Photohop manage colors, it does turn color management off in the Epson Drivers. May I suggest a little lock/unlock button by that setting, so we can prevent color management to accidently revert to Printer manages color.

Thanks