Create a printing test strip in Photoshop
Often the results of printing a digital image are less than satisfactory, as the colours and tones represented on a screen are not the same as those that can be produced with ink on paper. More often than not, a photograph will appear brighter on screen than it does on paper. One simple method of improving the print quality is to print a test strip first. This involves creating an image with differently exposed areas, then printing it and manually checking the colours and tones to see what exposure provides the best quality.