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Old 01-26-2011, 03:37 PM
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What color space can handle my printer?

I have inkjet printer Canon PIXMA MP520 and I was wondering what color space in Photoshop should I use (if I want to print particular image), because I cant find out how many color can print my printer. What is its gamut? sRGB? Adobe RGB? or does it print colors even outside of Adobe RGB? ProPhoto? Is there a way how to find out?

I also want to know how many ppi should I select (in Camera Raw or Photoshop) for such printer.

I'm talking about printing photographs.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:40 PM
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Re: What color space can handle my printer?

Probably ProPhoto RGB if its a modern ink jet. The reasons are explained here:
http://www.adobe.com/digitalimag/pdf...p_colspace.pdf
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:09 PM
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Re: What color space can handle my printer?

Modern? I dont know. It was released on the market four years ago. Its a multifunctional device (for print, scan and copy):
http://www.canon.co.uk/for_home/prod...p520/index.asp
BTW, on Canon site there is some installer for Adobe RGB (1998) colour space. I dont know if I should install it or not. I really dont know anything about printing and printers. I only know which color space has wider gamut

Thanks for the link

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Old 01-26-2011, 07:12 PM
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Re: What color space can handle my printer?

Its all about the ink set (and yes, even a 4 year old ink jet can easily exceed Adobe RGB gamut). Provide me a profile, I’ll map it against aRGB.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:38 PM
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Re: What color space can handle my printer?

Profile? Where can I find it? On the installation CD?
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Re: What color space can handle my printer?

Windows 7, Vista and XP:
* \Windows\system32\spool\drivers\color


Win98/Me - Windows/System/Color



WinNT - WinNT/System32/Color
Win2K- WinNT/System32/Spool/Drivers/Color
WinXP - Windows/System32/Spool/Drivers/Color


On a mac, it's Library/ColorSync/Profiles either in the root or user
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:46 PM
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Re: What color space can handle my printer?

I have Windows 7. I found the directory... there are 47 files. One of them is Adobe RGB1998. So It seems I have it installed?
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:46 AM
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Re: What color space can handle my printer?

I need a printer profile to plot against Adobe RGB (1998). The printer profile tells us the gamut of your printer, then it can be compared to Adobe RGB (1998).
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:24 PM
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Re: What color space can handle my printer?

I see, but I really dont know what file in that directory belongs to color profile of my printer. I dont see the name of my printer in any of these files...
The drivers page is here (dont know if its useful):
http://software.canon-europe.com/products/0010487.asp

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Old 01-27-2011, 05:30 PM
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Re: What color space can handle my printer?

Go into your computer's Start>Settings>Printers and Faxes, (or whatever it is in your OS), find your Canon printer, right click and select properties. Click on the Color Management TAB and you will see a box titled "Color Profiles Currently Assiciated with this Printer". The profile may likely have an unusaly name - just alpha and numeric charachters that does not contain the word Canon, depending on the printer. That is the profile you will find in the folder(s) shown above by Andrew.
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