Use Cap­ture NX-D’s print dialog to cre­ate punchy prints ev­ery time

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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.

04 In­tent

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.

07 Set­tings

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.

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