How to see total ink in Photoshop

How to Determine Total Ink Coverage in Photoshop

Click on the Info Palette (F8), then click the upper right arrow to change Palette Options:

Change Second Color Readout Mode to Total Ink and click OK:

Now when you move the cursor over your image, the value will change, which corresponds to total ink. You do not want total ink to ever be more than paper type recommendation. Note than in the example below, the Magenta and Yellow values are too high, therefore the total ink value exceeds the 300% limit:

The total ink covearage limits are:

  • 240% for newspapers
  • 300% for uncoated paper
  • 300% for SC and LWC papers
  • 320% for coated papers.

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