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Old December 4th, 2010, 12:32 AM
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Default Adobe Provides Download for Printing Color Targets without "Management"

Mark Dubovoy and others have asked for the missing part of the Adobe Photoshop offerings: being able to print a printer target without having the Adobe Print Utility alter it in anyway before the printers.

"It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that the option of printing with no color management is blatantly absent from the print dialog in Photoshop CS5. This was the first hint that something was afoot.

In the last few months, I have been testing the beta version of the new Adobe Color Printer Utility. The sole purpose of this new piece of software is to be able to print without color management. The software is obviously very simple. All you do is navigate to the file you want to print and then ask the application to print it. No color management, no changes, it simply prints the file "as is"." Luninous Landscape.

Download the solution from Adobe here.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 04:00 AM
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The sole purpose of this new piece of software is to be able to print without color management. The software is obviously very simple.
Hi Asher,

Unfortunately it's not without it's share of issues though:
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=49209.0

It is however also possible to assign an output profile to a target, and print it with exactly the same profile. That will effectively bypass any alterations.

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Old December 4th, 2010, 06:53 AM
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Hi, Asher,

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Mark Dubovoy and others have asked for the missing part of the Adobe Photoshop offerings: being able to print a printer target without having the Adobe Print Utility alter it in anyway before the printers.
Does that mean that, if a certain pixel in the image is, for example, RGB 25, 78, 136, then it is sent to the printer driver with those coordinates?

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Old December 4th, 2010, 07:11 AM
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Hi, Asher,

At first reading, I thought you had been beta testing the new software!

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Old December 4th, 2010, 07:28 AM
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Does that mean that, if a certain pixel in the image is, for example, RGB 25, 78, 136, then it is sent to the printer driver with those coordinates?
Hi Doug,

Yes that's what should happen, but apparently between the Mac OS (and the way color management is implemented) and Photoshop CS5 that was no longer possible, hence the need for a utility. Unfortunately, the Adobe utility seems to add a few quirks of its own (e.g. resizing/repositioning) which makes the output unsuited for reading in by (semi-)automated means.

For the calibration of a printer, one needs to be able and send unaltered RGB 'coordinates' to the output device, in order to determine how they actually come out of the printer. Then a profile can be made with the appropriate software to change the behavior of the printer, towards a more predictable output (e.g. as soft proofed in the image editor).

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Old December 4th, 2010, 10:02 AM
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Hi Asher,
It is however also possible to assign an output profile to a target, and print it with exactly the same profile. That will effectively bypass any alterations.
Bart
Note, testing recently by myself and Chris Murphy indicate that not any profile assignment works. Adobe RGB (1998) seems to, sRGB does not. And you must specifically select Adobe RGB from the list of profiles in the print dialog, not Working RGB.
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