Start by ensuring your colour management is set up correctly
To print accurately you need a Print Profile that matches your printer, ink and paper combination. I produce my own but you can get canned profiles.
You set that in the profile in the Photoshop printer dialogue.
Then in the printer settings you turn all color management off (which should the same setting as you measured your printer if you produce your own profiles0. The dialogue below is Epson but Canon should have something similar
That way Photoshop is managing the color - the printer is not counteracting that management
thanks for reply,
canned profiles, where would I get those ? Adobe or Canon ?
Official or user made ?
Interested,...as no doubt more accurate, how do you create your own ?
You would normally get them from your paper manufacturer. If you are using Canon paper then look for them on the Canon printer website. To be honest most of them are fairly good.
The process involves printing test charts without any color management, measuring them and then using software to prepare an ICC profile. This must be done for every paper used and does involve a bit of iteration through the settings to get the best from your printer. I use an X-Rite i1Pro spectrophotometer to measure. In the past I used X-rites software to make the profiles. Now I use Argyll CMS - which is very powerful, open source although it is command line driven. There is plenty of online guidance with it, if you are familiar with profiling already.
Hi, many thanks,
money wise I will have to make do with the canned profiles for now.
If they meet your needs then no need to go further