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HT1040 What color profile on my iMac is best to used when ordering prints from Apple?

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I am accustom to printing my photographs.  After two disappointing HP B9180 printers, and way too much money in ink and paper, I am considering producing my prints primarily by ordering them through Apple Print Services.


This being said, what color profile should I use on my iMac to best match the color profile used by Apple Print Services?  Secondly, do I lose anything by editing my photos in PhotoShop, importing into iPhoto, and ordering through Apple?


Thank you for any insight.

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  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (54,880 points)

    sRGB is the best color profile for prints and projects


    As to editing. Less is more. Many people who over tweak their photos are disappointed in the results. Generally limit to iPhoto editing and do not make major color adjustments


    A google search for Apple Print Products will return a link to Apple's suggestions for best results



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,725 points)

    Secondly, do I lose anything by editing my photos in PhotoShop, importing into iPhoto, and ordering through Apple?


    No, as long as you have a consistent color profile through the process.


    You can set Photoshop (or any image editor) as an external editor in iPhoto. (Preferences -> General -> Edit Photo: Choose from the Drop Down Menu.) This way, when you double click a pic to edit in iPhoto it will open automatically in Photoshop or your Image Editor, and when you save it it's sent back to iPhoto automatically. This is the only way that edits made in another application will be displayed in iPhoto.






  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,215 points)

    This might be of help to you:


    Using Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) as Your Editor of Choice in iPhoto.


    1 - select Photoshop as your editor of choice in iPhoto's General Preference Section's under the "Edit photo:" menu.


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    2 - double click on the thumbnail in iPhoto to open it in Photoshop.  When you're finished editing click on the Save button. If you immediately get the JPEG Options window make your selection (Baseline standard seems to be the most compatible jpeg format) and click on the OK button. Your done.  3 - however, if you get the navigation window


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    that indicates that  PS wants to save it as a PS formatted file.  You'll need to either select JPEG from the menu and save (top image) or click on the desktop in the Navigation window (bottom image) and save it to the desktop for importing as a new photo.


    This method will let iPhoto know that the photo has been editied and will update the thumbnail file to reflect the edit..




    NOTE: With Photoshop Elements 9 the Saving File preferences should be configured as shown:


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    I also suggest the Maximize PSD File Compatabilty be set to Always.  In PSE’s General preference pane set the Color Picker to Apple as shown:


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    NOTE: If you want to use both iPhoto's editing mode and PS without having to go back and forth to the Preference pane, once you've selected PS as your editor of choice, reset the Preferences back to "Open in main window".  That will let you either edit in iPhoto (double click on the thumbnail) or in PS (Control-click on the thumbnail and seledt "Edit in external editor" in the Contextual menu).  This way you get the best of both worlds.




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