When you print with color management, you can let Illustrator manage the colors, or you can let the printer manage the colors.

Let your application manage colors when printing

  1. Choose File > Print.
  2. Select Color Management on the left side of the Print dialog box.
  3. For Color Handling, choose Let Illustrator Determine Colors.
  4. For Printer Profile, select the profile for your output device.

    The more accurately the profile describes the behavior of an output device and printing conditions (such as paper type), the more accurately the color management system can translate the numeric values of the actual colors in a document. (See About color profiles.)

  5. (Optional) Set the Rendering Intent option to specify how the application converts colors to the destination color space.

    In most cases, it is best to use the default rendering intent. For more information on rendering intents, search in Help.

  6. Click Setup (Windows) or Printer (Mac OS) at the bottom of the Print dialog box to access the operating system print settings.
  7. Access the color management settings for the printer driver by doing one of the following:
    • In Windows, right-click the printer you are using, and select Properties. Then locate the color management settings for the printer driver. For most printer drivers, color management settings are labeled Color Management or ICM.

    • In Mac OS, select the printer you are using, and select the color management option from the pop‑up menu. For most printer drivers, this option is labeled ColorSync.

  8. Turn off color management for the printer driver.

    Every printer driver has different color management options. If it’s not clear how to turn off color management, consult your printer documentation.

  9. Return to the Illustrator Print dialog box, and click Print.

Let your printer manage colors when printing

  1. Choose File > Print.
  2. Select a PostScript printer from the Printer menu. To print to a file instead of a printer, select Adobe PostScript® File or Adobe PDF.
  3. Select Color Management on the left side of the Print dialog box.
  4. For Color Handling, choose Let PostScript® Printer Determine Colors.
  5. (Optional) Set any of the following options. In most cases, it is best to use the default settings.

    Rendering Intent

    Specifies how the application converts colors to the destination color space.

    Preserve RGB Numbers (for RGB output) or Preserve CMYK Numbers (for CMYK output)

    Determines how Illustrator handles colors that do not have a color profile associated with them (for example, imported images without embedded profiles). When this option is selected, Illustrator sends the color numbers directly to the output device. When this option is deselected, Illustrator first converts the color numbers to the color space of the output device.

    Preserving numbers is recommended when you are following a safe CMYK workflow. Preserving numbers is not recommended for printing RGB documents.

  6. Click Setup (Windows) or Printer (Mac OS) at the bottom of the Print dialog box to access the operating system print settings.
  7. Access the color management settings for the printer driver by doing one of the following:
    • In Windows, right-click the printer you are using, and select Properties. Then locate the color management settings for the printer driver. For most printer drivers, color management settings are labeled Color Management or ICM.

    • In Mac OS, select the printer you are using, and select the color management option from the pop‑up menu. For most printer drivers, this option is labeled ColorSync.

  8. Specify the color management settings to let your printer driver handle the color management during printing.

    Every printer driver has different color management options. If it’s not clear how to set color management options, consult your printer documentation.

  9. Return to the Illustrator Print dialog box, and click Print.

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