What light to check color of inkjet prints
I just noticed something interesting about my prints. I was in my bedroom looking at a print I just made, and it looked great. I was about to make another copy, and I noticed a slight blue/magenta cast in the shadow areas. Why I did not see it earlier was the light was different. In the bedroom I have a halogen lamp, but in the kitchen area I have fluorescent lighting. Obviously, different light temperatures and effects, so which do I use as my standard of saying the color is correct? What the heck is museum lighting? Don't museums use those small halogen lamps to illuminate art?
FYI - Canon S9000 printer, Canon Pro Paper, Canon ink (but I don't think this matters for the situation I am asking about)
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#1. "RE: What light to check color of inkjet prints" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberMon 13-Jan-03 03:37 AM
Most interesting question. I have not checked what type of lamps (color temperature and associated color cast) they use at museums, however, most of the images I've made at serious museums (for example the Philadelphia Art Museum or the Louvre) have a warm yellowish cast that could come from .... what?
When a painting collection travels to a museum or a gallery exhibit, I remember there is a standard set for illumination (by curators and insurance companies) but I cannot recollect at all.
Your printer, paper and ink brand doesn't matter in regard to your interest question but it makes us wonder ....
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#2. "RE: What light to check color of inkjet prints" | In response to Reply # 1N80 Charter MemberMon 13-Jan-03 11:27 PM
I think you make your prints to look good in the light you plan on loking at your prints under most of the time.
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#3. "RE: What light to check color of inkjet prints" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 13-Jan-03 11:38 PM
It's best to check your prints with the lighting you'll use for display. But to make this work you need to set your display calibration to the same color temperature as your inspection light. Otherwise, you can be editing your images for another color temperature preview and never get agreement when you view your prints under a warmer or cooler light source.