Photoshop could not print because of a program error [FIX]

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  • Adobe Photoshop is one of the best image editors, but some users have claimed that a program error prevents them from printing photos with the app.
  • Is this your case? Then make sure you have the latest version of the software installed and go through all the steps recommended in the guide below.
  • Printing issues might stretch beyond a particular app or file type. Do check our Printer Errors page for specialized assistance.
  • If you're mad about Adobe products (and there are good reasons to be), bookmark our Adobe Troubleshooting Hub to always have it at hand.
Adobe Photoshop Could not print because of a program error

Adobe Photoshop might be one of the best image editors, but some users have said that a Could not print (file title) because of a program error message pops up when they try to print photos with that application.

Users can still print some images with Photoshop. However, they can’t print photographs with the image editor when the program error arises.

How do I fix Photoshop Program Error?

1. Install the latest version of Photoshop

It is possible to encounter this error due to corrupted install files in your photo editing software. The easiest method to eliminate this possibility is by uninstalling the current program you are using and downloading it again from Adobe’s official page.

By doing so, you also ensure that you have the very last version of Photoshop available with all the latest patches and enhancements.

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2. Reset Photoshop’s Print Preferences

  1. Users have widely confirmed that resetting Photoshop’s printer preferences fixes the program error. To do that, click File to open that menu.File menu Adobe Photoshop could not print because of a "program error"
  2. Press and hold the Spacebar.
  3. Then click the Print option when pressing the Spacebar.

3. Save the Photo as a New File

  1. In addition, users can try saving the photograph as a new file to rewrite it. Click File and then select the Save As option.Save As window Adobe Photoshop could not print because of a program error
  2. Enter an alternative title for the file.
  3. In addition, select an alternative file format for the photo.
  4. Then press the Save button.

Are you still stuck with nerve-wracking printing errors on Photoshop? We’ve got the right fix for you.


4. Check Print Settings

The image might not print due to some print settings. So, check the paper feed setting matches the actual paper in the printer. Make sure the right paper size is selected. In addition, check the media type is correctly configured. Note that not all printer drivers support 16-bit printing, so some users might need to deselect the 16 Bit Output option.

Printer settings Adobe Photoshop could not print because of a program error

5. Print the Photo With Alternative Software

This isn’t exactly a fix, but users might find they can print the same photos with alternative software.

The program error is usually more specifically a Photoshop issue, and users have confirmed they can still print the required photos with other software ok.

So, try printing the same photographs with Paint or the Photos app in Windows 10.

Paint Adobe Photoshop could not print because of a program error


Those are some of the resolutions that might fix the program error for Photoshop users. Then users can print the photos they need to from Photoshop again.

Have you encountered this issue yet? Share your experience and impressions with us in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about fixing Photoshop common issues

  • Can’t open Photoshop because scratch disks are full?

To fix this, you need to change the Scratch disk allocation. Launch Photoshop, go to Edit > Preferences > Scratch Disks, and choose your preferred drive or the one with the most space available. Alternatively, you can hold Ctrl + Alt to bring up the Scratch Disks Preferences window.

  • Why does Photoshop close when I try to print?

If Photoshop crashes while printing, download the latest version of Adobe Photoshop and see if that fixes the issue. If not, the drivers associated with your printer might need to be fixed.

  • How do I change the default printer in Photoshop?

Open the document you want to print from Photoshop, then open the Print dialogue box (Ctrl + P). In the Print settings, click on the Printer option and select a different printer from the list. Click on OK to save the changes.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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