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Setting up Elements for Printing

By Matt Kloskowski  ·  November 16th, 2009

Matt explains how to set up a printing profiles for your images so your output is as good as possible.


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9 Replies to Setting up Elements for Printing:

  1. Charles Fisher

    April 8, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I MUCH preferred the old format.

  2. Annette

    May 9, 2010 at 3:03 am

    I am a new member and am enjoying the videos et al. very much; learn something new all the time.

    Regarding color, do you discuss the Image>Mode and Image>Convert Color Profile commands anywhere?


  3. Rick LePage

    May 13, 2010 at 9:16 am


    I don’t think we have any specific tutorials on those commands, but I’ll add them to the queue of things for us to do.

    The color modes are really not used very much – most of the time you’ll work in RGB Color mode. Selecting Grayscale will remove all the color from your file, and using the Convert to Black and White command is better for that (our article, Better Strategies for Black and White Photos, talks about how to get the best grayscale images).

    Indexed Color was used by the old .GIF Web image format, and some people still do create those files, but again, the Save for Web command (and selecting GIF as the format) will do the same thing.

    Bitmap turns every pixel in your image to either black or white. Again, it was used in the early days of the Web, when image sizes needed to be very small. It’s kind of a cool effect, but one rarely used.

    Hope this helps,

    • Annette

      May 14, 2010 at 3:09 am

      Thank you for the reply. I’ve been reading about RGB and Adobe RGB color profiles, the next item down in the IMAGE menu beneath Mode in PSE8. Two questions:
      1. Why would one convert?
      2. Do most images come out of the camera as RGB and then must be changed to Adobe RGB by software? (To be honest, I have not yet checked my camera to see if it has a setting like this.)


  4. Robyn

    May 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    This was very helpful thank. Coupled with the latest magazine article on Image size. I still have a problem. I do a lot of printing for scrapbooking and card making using an Epson Stylus Photo 1400. I set the computer Print menu to no colour management and for colour management on the print window : Photo shop Elements manages colour. Printer profile Working RGB Adobe rgb (1988). My problem is that on my Mac monitor the photos look great but when I print most come out too dark. Is this a problem with printer/PSE settings. Any thoughts will be appreciated. I am a eral novice photography and PSE-wise so please keep it simple. Thanks – love the magazine and this site.

    • Graeme

      June 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

      I too use this combination of Mac, Epson 1400 and also the Spyder3Print, but still have problems with dark pictures. Can anyone comment on how to rectify this?

  5. Graeme

    January 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    In addition to the above I have to comment that I have only had this problem since I changed from PSE 8 to PSE9. Has anyone else had a problem with this?


  6. Gary

    May 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I also am really annoyed that the colors on my monitor look great, but my prints come out with altered colors, generally too dark. I’ve tried changing color profiles, setting either the computer (Elements) to control the color or the printer, but no improvement. I’m using Elements 10 on a PC with a Canon i4600 printer. Suggestions?

  7. Mary

    July 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Why can’t you offer this in a format that everyone can open?

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