Photoshop is not the go-to app for designing print media. Normally, InDesign is the tool of choice for creating anything that will eventually be printed on paper or on PVC banners. That said, those that need to create print work, and are already familiar with Photoshop can still use the app to do so.
Photoshop does support printing and it can print to any type of printer that you can configure to run on your system. As long as the printer is set up correctly, Photoshop should not have any trouble printing to it.
Photoshop Keeps Crashing When Printing?
While Photoshop can send print jobs to a printer, it is not infallible. In fact, a PSD file can get quite big as you add more layers to it. Eventually, your system may begin to stall as you use the Clone or effects tools. This means that you may also have trouble printing from Photoshop.
If Photoshop keeps crashing when you send a print job to your printer, run through the basic checks listed below and then try the fixes we’ve listed further on.
- Restart the system and the printer. Print the file when no other apps are running on the system.
- Print a test page from the printer to make sure it is not experiencing any hardware problems.
- Print a simple text file from an app like Notepad.
- Clear the print queue and try printing.
How to Fix Photoshop Keeps Freezing
If all of the above checks pass but you still cannot print from Photoshop, try these fixes.
1. Create a new scratch disk
If the scratch disk that Photoshop is using fills up, you will run into all sorts of problems with the app.
- Close Photoshop.
- Hold down the Ctrl+Alt key and then open Photoshop again.
- Open the file you want to print.
- Tap the Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut to print the file.
2. Reset Photoshop’s preferences
It is possible that your preferences profile is corrupt and causing problems with the print job.
- Close Photoshop.
- Hold down the Ctrl+Alt+Shift key and open Photoshop.
- Confirm you want to reset preferences.
- The preferences will be reset.
- Open the file you want to print, and try printing it.
3. Check printer conflict
Check if your printer is correctly installed or not. If it isn’t, or if it’s been installed multiple times, the conflict is likely causing problems.
- Tap the Win+I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
- Go to Devices.
- Select Printers & scanners.
- Remove any printers that you are not using.
- Try printing again.
4. Create new file
It is possible that an element in the Photoshop file that you’re trying to print is corrupt. Create a new/different Photoshop file. It doesn’t have to be an extensive design project; a simple filled layer will do the job. Print the new file and if it prints without closing/crashing Photoshop, it is highly likely that the file you’re trying to print has problems.
Try to create a copy of the file and then print it.
5. Print JPEG/PNG instead
When a Photoshop file is printed, it does not retain any design information i.e. layers, what effects have been applied, rulers, guides, fonts, etc. All you get is an image that’s printed.
If Photoshop will not print the file, you can save it as a JPEG or PNG and print it instead.
- Open the file in Photoshop.
- Go to File>Save as.
- Open the Save as type dropdown and select JPEG or PNG.
- Save the file.
- Open the saved image in Photos (or any other image viewer of your choice).
- Tap the Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut to print the image.
The Photoshop Crash Can Be Annoying: CONCLUSION
A file printed from Photoshop does not retain any information about the file’s design. You can save it as an image and print it from any image editor or image viewer. The print job will complete without any trouble and may complete much faster than if it were processed by Photoshop.