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A solution to the CS5 ‘no color management’ problem

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A workaround for the Photoshop CS5 ‘no colour management’ issue

Fixing profile target printing when using Photoshop CS5

Making use of the Adobe Color Print utility.

Note that on Macs you can also use the  OS X  ColorSync utility for target printing (found in the Utilities folder – see any of Keith’s 2016 printer reviews for more)

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adobe color print utility

adobe color print utility

Problems printing profiling targets on a Mac with CS5

One of the ‘features’ of Photoshop CS5 that has caused some consternation is the loss of the ‘no color management’ option when printing.

This seemingly confused users in past version of Photoshop, so it was dropped

“Unfortunately the option caused user confusion, and it was difficult for Adobe & Apple to continue supporting.  In the course of modernizing Photoshop’s foundations (moving to Cocoa, 64-bit, Quartz, etc.) in CS5, we dropped this feature.”

It turns out that this is a right PITA if you want to print profiling targets for your printer.

Whilst people have come up with workarounds, Adobe have now produced a small (free) application which prints TIFF files without any colour management.

Adobe Color Printing Utility

The picture shows a profiling target TIFF file loaded into the software – there are two options, setting the media and printing.

Note – see the important note about using the ACPU with Canon printers in the comments below.

Fortunately, the Canon printing plugin that we often use with our new iPF8300 already offers a ‘NCM’ option, so I’ll not immediately be using the Utility.

Do bear in mind that it only prints TIFF files and offers nothing in the way of print layout, something you may want to be careful with if printing an A4 target on a 44″ width roll of expensive paper.

This from the README

1- Launch Adobe Color Printer Utility. You will be presented with an Open File dialog. Navigate to your target image (TIFF) and select it.

2- Select Page Set Up from the File menu. Select your paper size and orientation. For most target files, you’ll need to print the image at the size they are provided, for it to be properly scanned by the profiling device.

3- Select Print from the file menu.

(Windows)

4- You will be presented with the print dialog. Select your target printer and click on Properties. This will open the Printer Properties window. The two important settings you need to find here are Paper Type and Color Management (the actual names will depend on your printer driver). Set Paper Type to the paper that most closely resembles the paper you’re trying to profile. Set Color Management to Off. Finding these settings can be a little tricky, in some drivers you’ll need to select Advanced or Custom before the No Color Management option is available. Close the properties window and click Print.

(Mac)

4- You will be presented with the print dialog, expand the dialog with the arrow to the right of the Printer popup menu. Select your target printer from the Printer popup menu.  The two important settings you need to find here are Paper Type and Color Management (the actual names will depend on your printer driver). These will be in popup menu that is initially set to  Layout. Set Paper Type to the paper that most closely resembles the paper you’re trying to profile. Set Color Management to Off. Some printer drivers will turn off Color Management automatically. When you have completed the above, click Print.

1- Launch Adobe Color Printer Utility. You will be presented with an Open File dialog. Navigate to your target image (TIFF) and select it.

2- Select Page Set Up from the File menu. Select your paper size and orientation. For most target files, you’ll need to print the image at the size they are provided, for it to be properly scanned by the profiling device.

3- Select Print from the file menu.

(Windows)

4- You will be presented with the print dialog. Select your target printer and click on Properties. This will open the Printer Properties window. The two important settings you need to find here are Paper Type and Color Management (the actual names will depend on your printer driver). Set Paper Type to the paper that most closely resembles the paper you’re trying to profile. Set Color Management to Off. Finding these settings can be a little tricky, in some drivers you’ll need to select Advanced or Custom before the No Color Management option is available. Close the properties window and click Print.

(Mac)

4- You will be presented with the print dialog, expand the dialog with the arrow to the right of the Printer popup menu. Select your target printer from the Printer popup menu.  The two important settings you need to find here are Paper Type and Color Management (the actual names will depend on your printer driver). These will be in popup menu that is initially set to  Layout. Set Paper Type to the paper that most closely resembles the paper you’re trying to profile. Set Color Management to Off. Some printer drivers will turn off Color Management automatically. When you have completed the above, click Print.

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3 Comments
  • Russ McCulloch | Apr 6, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Hi Keith

    Thanks for the information, I just swapped over to the 8300 from the epson 9800.

    I have been struggling to make a no color management print for a profile.

    I just used the plug in you told me.

    Thanks

    Russ

  • Keith | Dec 5, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Didn’t know this one – thanks for the info.

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=49207.0

    I’ve looked at it further and yes, it does look as if things might not be as fixed as we’re led to believe :-(

    One more reason to print from the PS plugin… It also explains a double profiling issue I found with the 8300 and using ImageNest.

    I’ll look more into this and add some notes to our 8300 page

  • Doyle Yoder | Dec 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Keith, you realize that on the Mac OS the Adobe Color Printing Utility is not listed in the AppColorMatchingInfo.xml file for the Canon iPF prints. This results in a profile conversion in the driver/os when printing. Check Main/ Color Mode in the driver. If it is set for “Color” this is taking place. It is set for “No Color Correction” then no conversion is taking place. But order to have it default to “No Color Conversion” the Adobe Color Printing Utility needs to be listed in the AppColorMatchingInfo.xml file.

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