HOW IT WORKS PRINT YOUR PHOTOS
Use Capture NX-D’s print dialog to create punchy prints every time
01 Adjust Preferences
Go to the Capture NX-D dropdown menu at the top-left of the screen and choose Preferences from the list of options. This gives you access to a dialog featuring handy Colour Management settings. By default the colours in your images will most likely be displayed on screen using the Nikon sRGB colour space. If you plan to print an image, open this dropdown menu and choose the narrower, more print-friendly Adobe 1998 colour space instead. You can then edit the image’s colours within this printer-compatible colour space.
02 Colour Profile
Once you’ve changed to the Adobe RGB (1998) colour space, tick this box to make Capture NX-D work within that profile, instead of using the image file’s default sRGB setting. After editing a shot’s colours, you can embed the new Adobe RGB (1988) profile with the image by choosing File> Convert Files to open the Save dialog. You can then tick the Embed ICC Profile box. This is useful if you plan to upload the edited images to an online print service.
03 Printer Profile
Some printers come with a range of profiles that enable them to manage a shot’s colours so they will reproduce more accurately. These profiles take into account the type of paper and inks that are being used by the specified printer. You can choose a printer profile from this dropdown menu.
If you’re happy that the edited image’s colours are within a printable range, leave this option set to Perceptual. If the resulting print’s colours look disappointing try selecting the Relative colorimetric option – this setting will force out-of-gamut colours to fit within a more printable range.
05 Aspect Ratio
When cropping a shot that you plan to print, it makes sense to avoid using the Free Crop option. You can then use a pre-defined ratio (or shape) that will be compatible with common paper sizes and picture frames, such as 3x2. You can use the Print dialog to crop a shot to fit a particular paper size, but this auto cropping technique may change the composition in an undesirable way.
06 Print Type
Use this dropdown to make an image fill an entire sheet of A4. If the shot is landscape-oriented you’ll need to tick Rotate to Fit to make it fill the entire page. Alternatively you can set it to Standard Photo Sizes, as here.
Click here to access printer-specific attributes, such as the paper size and the print orientation (such as portrait or landscape).
08 Print Priority
To print a file quickly, choose Speed. For more detailed prints with richer colours choose Quality – but note that this will use more ink.
09 Print Size
Use this dropdown to force the printer to produce prints of specific sizes – this is useful if you want prints to fit a particular frame.