I no longer make my own prints. I am just too busy. But I made my own prints for 18 years in a wet darkroom and for another 13 digitally. Here’s a checklist you might find useful if you want to get the best results from your printer.
1. Make sure you use the right ink, paper, printer and printer driver combination.
2. Size your image so that it matches the native resolution of your printer.
3. Soft proof your image so you know what it’s going to look like when it prints.
4. Avoid resampling the image when you select your print size in the print dialog box.
5. Make sure you have the right paper size selected.
6. Turn on ICM and turn off color management.
7. Let Photoshop manage your color, NOT your printer.
8. Let prints fully dry before handling them.
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