Color management on both Mac and Windows holds a unique challenge for most printer users, both at home and commercially. A little research on the internet reveals a lot of confusion about achieving reproducible results and using color management settings on your top-rated printer altogether.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Colors projected on your monitor are not necessarily equal to the colors on your printout.
  • The objective of color management is to match your color appearance on the screen as closely as possible to the result printed out on your device.
  • Each printer model uses a different color management option. It is therefore essential to review the preferences and specifications of your printer.

If it’s your first time using the color management setting, it is essential to note that you cannot turn it off without a Photoshop or photo-editing application on Mac. Turning off the color management option is only possible with an image editing application.

What is Color Management for Print?

The objective of color management is to match your color appearance on the screen as closely as possible to the result printed out on your device.

It’s important to note that the colors projected on your monitor aren’t necessarily the same as your printout. To print high-quality, reproducible results, both professional and first-time printer users need to have the right ICC Printer profile. If you find out that your ink cartridge has run out, read this helpful guide on recycling or disposing of used printer ink cartridges.

How to Disable Printer Color Management

Turning off printer management can be confusing. However, the process is short and relatively easy to understand. Another process most people fear that has been simplified in this guide is connecting to a wireless printer to Windows 10.

If you are using Photoshop or any other image editor do the following:

  • You’ll need toggle color management. To do this, open your image editor application, click on “File,” then select “Print.” You can also use Command/Ctrl + P shortcut.
  • Select your desired printer and click on “More Options.” Click on “Color Management” visible on the left column. Here you will find three options: “Printer Profiles,” “Color Handling,” and “Rendering Intent.”

Select color handling, and choose whether to enable or disable color management.

Turn off Color Management on Windows

To disable color management on your Windows PC do the following:

  1. Select the “More Options dialog and choose “Printer Preference.” The “Preferences” dialog box will pop up.
  2. The “Printer Preference” dialog box gives you a chance to alter the settings of your printer. It is essential to note that the disable color management option will be available on different tabs on the Preference dialog box, depending on your printer. Each printer model uses a different color management option.
  3. In the Print dialog box, select “More options” and choose “Color Management.” You will have the choice to enable or disable the color management feature.

Turn off Color Management on Mac

Turning off the color management feature on your Mac computer is pretty straightforward.

  • All you need to do is toggle the Print dialog box on Photoshop or an image editing application. Now, click on the “Show Details” option.
  • Pick the color matching option you desire.
  • Depending on the printer you are using, select the “ColorSync” option. ColorSync Utility is a free application installed in OSX. This utility will allow you to either enable or disable the color management feature on your computer.

F.A.Q.S

Do I need a third-party application to turn off the Color Management feature on my computer?

Yes. To effectively turn off color management features on your computer, you will need to use Photoshop or an image editing application.


Will the color management feature affect the quality of my printout?

Yes. It is important to note that the colors projected on your monitor are not necessarily equal to the colors on your printout.


Why is color management critical in printing?

The objective of color management is to match your color appearance on the screen as closely as possible to the result printed out on your device.


Will the color management setting change depending on the type of printer I use?

Yes. Each printer model uses a different color management option. It is therefore essential to review the preferences and specifications of your printer conducting this process.

Do I need to disable color management every time I get a new printer?

Yes. Since every printer has different color management options. You will need to change the settings each time you switch printers.



STAT: In the U.S, the average volume per person in the printers and copiers segment is estimated at 0.04 pieces per person. Compared to total population figures per individual in revenues, $4.39 was generated in 2021 (source)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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