Tips for getting more accurate color and truer print previews in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
Finally, send it to print. Uncheck Draft mode unless this is indeed a draft. In most cases, uncheck the Print Resolution box and let Lightroom calculate it. If you happen to have resized and sharpened for a specific resolution in Photoshop, though, input that resolution now. Pick your media type (matte or glossy) and set the sharpening. The amount is subjective, but it’s a good idea to err on the side of less sharpening; we usually set Low or Standard. Color Management is key—as with soft proofing, you’ll see only the profiles you’ve chosen. Click on Print One. If you’ll want to print this photo again the same way, hit the Create Saved Print button in the top-right corner of the screen.
On some systems, you’ll find that prints always come out too dark or too flat. This can happen even when you’re calibrated, especially if your display doesn’t allow you finer brightness and contrast controls. If this is true of yours, adjust before printing, though you won’t see an on-screen preview.