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Aperture - Basic Printing Workflow


  • Aperture 3.0
  • ICC Profiles
  • Colour Management
  • Mac OS X operating systems


This article demonstrates the basic printing workflow to use when printing from Aperture 3.0 on Mac OS X.

Aperture is a photo-editing and management software program developed by Apple for the Mac OS X operating system. The software handles a number of tasks common in post-production work such as importing and organising image files, applying corrective adjustments, displayeing slideshows and printing photographs. For a full description of Aperture see the Apple website (UK).

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Basic Printing Workflow

  1. Click File at the top of the window, then click Print Image...

  2. From this window click More Options at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

  3. In the Printer drop-down menu, click on the name of your Epson printer.

  4. Select the relevant paper size for the print job.

  5. Under the Layout and Margins section on the left-hand side, select the correct settings for the print job.

  6. The Rendering lists the colour management options and the ICC profiles that can be used with the software.

    There are two different ways that the colours can be handled, either through the application or through the printer driver. Use either of the methods below.

Aperture Manages Colours

  1. From the Rendering section, select the ICC profile you want to use from the drop-down list.

  2. Select the pull-down menu named Render Intent and select Relative Colorimetric (muted tones) or Perceptual (bright, vivid photographs).

  3. Enable Black Point Compensation (if the image prints out darker than expected, try turning this off).

  4. Choose Auto from the Print Resolution pull-down menu. (Alternatively, if you require a specific resolution then choose the relevant DPI setting. For Epson printers 360 or 720 dpi are optimal for good quality results.)

  5. Click Print at the bottom right-hand corner when finished.

  6. The printer driver settings will load. Click the Layout pull-down menu then click Print Settings.

  7. From the Media Type menu select the paper type on which you intend to print.

    The Color Settings should state Off (No Color Adjustment), as shown below.

  8. Click Print at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to print with the changed settings.

    This method of printing will use the colour profile that you selected, rather than have the colours managed by the printer.

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Printer Manages Colours

  1. From the Rendering section, under Color Profile select the Printer Managed option.

  2. Click Print... at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

  3. The printer driver settings will load. Click the Layout menu then click Print Settings.

  4. From the Media Type pull-down menu select the correct paper type for your print job.

  5. Under Color Settings use any mode (Adobe RGB, EPSON Standard sRGB) or "PhotoEnhance" to fit your requirements on managing the colours.

  6. Click Print at the bottom right-hand corner of the window.

    This method will have the printer handle the colours.

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