Photoshop CS2 has two sets of features that directly affect the outcome when an image is printed out. These are the print settings and the page options. Properly configuring the application's page options in relation to its print settings helps create a good hardcopy of the image displayed on the screen. The following guidelines pertain to desktop printing where consumer-grade inkjet printers are the commonly used device.
- Initial considerations. The page options and print settings in Photoshop CS2 ultimately depend on the kind of printer installed. The application is limited by the features allowed by a printer's drivers. Most desktop printers for example can accept images in RGB color mode and internally convert it to CMYK. Thus converting an image file to CMYK color mode could lead to unexpected printout results. There is also a significant difference between an image's resolution on screen measured in pixels per inch (ppi) and a printer's resolution range measured in dots per inch (dpi). One should keep these two resolution measurements as close as possible if not equal in value to minimize any quality differences between hardcopy and screen display.
- Click on Page Setup. Click on the File menu and look for and click on Page Setup on the submenu list that will appear. Click on the Printer button then expand the dropdown list and select the printer currently installed on your computer. Click on the Properties button and the dialog box presenting the page options will appear.
- Configure the options. On this dialog box you can now set paper size, source, orientation and margins by choosing or typing in such information on the appropriate input field. Paper size usually follows industry standard measurements. North American standards use inches such as the 8.5" x 11" Letter size while ISO standards use millimeters such as the 210 x 297 mm A4 size. Paper source refers to how the paper is fed into the printer which could be manually fed individual sheets or through rolls. Paper orientation is either Portrait (upright) or Landscape (sideways). Paper margins have their own input fields where you can directly type in values. Consider well the layout as it pertains to paper and image size when setting margins. Sometimes options for the type of paper and the printing resolution are presented and can also be set.
- Execute the changes. Click on the OK button on the printer's Properties dialog box. Click on the same buttons on the printer's and Photoshop's Page Setup dialog boxes. You can now proceed to printing out the image.
Sometimes image scaling for printing may be necessary. It is recommended that scaling is done on the printer's Properties dialog box rather than on Photoshop's Page Setup window because it provides a preview.