Photoshop: Would like to print a draft or test print

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Didn't we used to be able to do this, to print a "draft" copy of a Photoshop document? I'd like to be able to print a copy of my file using less ink. That way, if I don't see a problem until I've printed the document, I won't waste as much ink. This may seem silly, but why not add this ability? It won't affect anyone who doesn't want to use it, or who doesn't see a need for it. I, personally, do see a need for it. At least for myself.
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Sue Eckhardt

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  • hopeful that this feature will be in a future version of Photoshop.

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Cristen Gillespie

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Your printer doesn't have a draft setting? Mine does, and I can use cheap paper, high speed, and draft quality to save a lot of ink. Not good for evaluating color or sharpness, but okay if you just want to evaluate a design.
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I've been looking for a draft setting for a very, very long time. Finally I posted this question here in hopes of someone helping me find one. Then I went back to Photoshop and, as often happens, I found it. A draft setting. This happens to me just too often. I search and search, then I ask, then I find what I'm looking for myself. Then I look like an ass wherever I posted the request for help. It's sort of like having a broken whatever but, when the repair person looks at it, it's working fine. I'm flummoxed.
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Cristen Gillespie

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Since you're SO not alone, I wouldn't worry about it.  LOL It does make some sense that we might set draft right in the Print dialog without opening Printer settings, but I suppose adding that to "Normal" and "Hard Proofing" would be difficult, since every printer's draft settings are somewhat different, and some of us need to make sure we don't use the printer's default draft settings or it will switch ink on us, which is very expensive.