In a previous post, Printer Settings Using Printer Profiles, we talked about downloading the appropriate profile for your ILFORD GALERIE inkjet paper. Just to review you’ll find those profiles at www.ILFORD.com. Select “Support” from the tabs at the top. You’ll see a dropdown menu there that includes “Printer Profiles.” Read more about selecting, downloading and installing those profiles so they’re ready to use. CLICK HERE to read that previous post in its entirety.
After we get the profile and we’re ready to print we need a bit more information to be able to choose the proper settings in the print driver of our printer. These settings will insure the ink is applied to the paper surface properly. This setting is crucial to getting good inkjet prints. There are three things that really have to be set properly in your print driver when using the printer profile in Photoshop, Lightroom, or other printing software:
- Media or Paper Type
- Resolution (usually 1440 or equivalent)
- Color management must be turned off in the printer driver
So the question is, “What Epson or Canon or HP paper type should I set in my driver if my paper does not conform to the nomenclature of the manufacturer’s paper?” ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl is a good case study for this example.
You can access these recommended printer settings at www.ILFORD.com. Click on the “Support” tab and select “Printer Settings.” Here you will enter the particular range of inkjet media, your printer manufacturer, model number, and the surface of the paper you’re using. In some cases the media type setting may be different than what is printed on the sheet in the box because selections online can be customized for your particular printer driver media types.
Note that you’ll find the recommended media type setting and the recommended resolution as it is listed in your particular print driver. The “Colour” setting would only be used if the printer is controlling the color. Otherwise as we discussed above, color management should be disabled in the print driver if you are allowing Photoshop or another software package to drive the printer profile.
It is vital that you set the media type to a setting that is appropriate to the paper and surface that you are using. The quality of your photo depends on the proper setting. Simply leaving your printer driver defaulted to “Plain Paper” will not yield high quality results so take care to be sure this setting is correct each time you print.
Find out more about ILFORD GALERIE inkjet media at www.ilford.com. Step up from the ordinary and enjoy the outstanding quality of ILFORD GALERIE professional inkjet papers for photography.