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Old 06-26-2005, 11:51 PM
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HP Photosmart Printer Problem. Please Help.

I just bought a HP 7450 printer today, and for the life of me, cannot figure out how to disable printer color management.

I want to print from photoshop, and let photoshop do all of my color management.

The HP user guide claims I can turn off color management in the properties settings, but for some reason, that option is not there.

It is very strange. It looks like it should be there, but it is acually not there.

I am running PS CS.
This is the first time I have ever installed a printer on this PC.

Has anyone had this problem, or have any ideas on what I should do?

TIA.
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Old 06-27-2005, 01:39 AM
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try this:

load your image in photoshop.

in the 'file' menu pick whatever the equivalent of 'page setup' is. it might be 'print setup' or something similar. with HP software and drivers installed you shld get an HP window that opens up with tabs across the top. this shld allow you to set whatever you need.

hit 'apply' if necessary and 'ok'.

then in the 'file' menu hit 'print preview' and see how it looks. if you need to adjust more, go back to 'page setup' and adjust as needed.

print out a test on some simple paper to make sure things are working.

if all looks good, go ahead and load in your better paper and print.

if none of that works, find the CD that came with the printer and try loading/installing the software that's on it.

go to the HP tech support web site and download the latest drivers and install them.

if it's still not working, try HP's 24 hour online live support on the web. i've used this once before myself and they're fairly good.

Craig
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Old 06-27-2005, 06:03 AM
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As a last resort, open Control Panel, right click once on your printer to bring up a dialog box. Select "properties". Select the "Color Management" tab. If any profiles are showing, select them individually and press the "remove" button. Also, check "Manual", NOT "Automatic".
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Old 06-27-2005, 04:26 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

So if I remove the color profiles, that will disable printer color management?

After I select manual, do I need to add the color profile I want to use, or will photoshop then manage the color from there?

BTW Vikki, I took your advice, and I have been reading Katrin Eismann's book "Restoration and Retouching".

Thanks alot for the great advice. The book is wonderful.
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Old 06-27-2005, 05:07 PM
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Well, I can't say for sure if it will disable color management, but if you read what it says next to the "Manual", and "Automatic" choices, it should.
I wouldn't add any profiles. Let Photoshop handle it.
That's the way mine is set up, although I have an Epson.
If you delete them, and are not happy with how things turn out, you can always go back and "add" them, or switch to automatic.

Glad you are enjoying the book!
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Old 06-28-2005, 02:20 PM
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I talked to HP support on the phone today, and turns out, the 7450, and 7760 Photosmart printers do not support turning off printer color management. The 8100 series and higher do.

I took the printer back to the store, and bought a Canon Pixma iP4000 ($99.00 after rebate). WOW!
This is one sweet printer. It allows photoshop to manage color, and it seems the quality is better than the HP I had.

Not only that, but my ink costs should be about 1/3 of any HP printer.

Anyways, thanks for the help, and if your thinking about buying a printer, take a look at canon before making a choice.
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Old 06-28-2005, 09:54 PM
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well, how strange. quite surprised HP did that with those two printers. seems this was a case of 'when all else fails, read the manual', or in this case, call the company

there is another thread on retouch that talks about printer types and which is best. i think you got one of the top three listed in that thread.

glad you got it sorted out

Craig
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