Hey guys. I am sorta new to this whole Color Managment thing.
I just purchased a refurbished Photosmart 7550 for $100. How do I go about setting this printer up to print what I see on my monitor exactcally. (I'm not looking to buy any extra hardware)
I made a couple prints last night, and they printed out darker then what I see on my monitor. What should I do?
Also, what is the best program to print from? It seems that I get different results from different programs.
#1. "RE: Setting Up HP PhotoSmart 7550" | In response to Reply # 0F5_ED Registered since 10th Oct 2003Wed 14-Jan-04 09:24 PM
Try going into Propertie's - Color Management, and setting it to AppleRGB1998.
You will have to click on the ADD button and select it from the list. Then select it as the DEFAULT.
This is if you have not done this already.
Another thing is to make sure that your monitor is calibrated to match the output of your priter. There are steps you can follow in Photoshop to adjust it.
As for program, I use Photoshop CS
#2. "RE: Setting Up HP PhotoSmart 7550" | In response to Reply # 0michaeljgarder Registered since 28th Dec 2003Thu 29-Jan-04 04:10 PM
Make sure you use the same ICC profile for you printer and your monitor. I have both of mine set to AdobeRGB. I use a photosmart 7350 and I get pretty decent prints. My prints don't exactly match my monitor though.
I can get pretty close by fiddling with the printing preferences settings seen when I right-click on the printer. The 7350 has options to modify the print either cooler-warmer, darker-lighter, the third one I think is more or less vibrant. You'll probably waste a couple pages of paper getting the setting where you want them. The 7350 also has some digital photography settings where the printer driver will automatically adjust your images for sharpness, tone, etc. I've disabled mine so I'm not trying to hit a moving target. I don't know if the 7550 has this, you may want to check.
Lastly, you can use Adobe Gamma or similar programs to adjust the way your monitor displays colors. Every time I've tried it I end up going back to the default display.
It really depends on how far you want to go with this. There are "spiders" that attach to your monitor that read the color displayed and correct with an accompanying program. Do a google search on monitor calibration.
Hope this helps,
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#3. "RE: Setting Up HP PhotoSmart 7550" | In response to Reply # 2AlanC Basic MemberFri 30-Jan-04 01:33 PM
>Make sure you use the same ICC profile for you printer and
>your monitor. I have both of mine set to AdobeRGB.
There seems to be some misconception here about what profiles do and how you use them.
A profile such as AdobeRGB defines a "working space" you use when you're editing images; as such it's independent of any particular device.
A display profile supplied with your monitor or generated by a monitor calibration device converts the values of the device independent "working space" to those necessary to display the colours accurately on your monitor.
Similarly, printer profiles convert values from the "working space" to those necessary to get correct colours on your printouts.
So suppose you're setting up Photoshop under Windows, and have profiles for your monitor and printer: first you assign the working space you're going to use in Photoshop via the Color Settings dialog, then you assign the monitor profile to the display via the Color Management tab on the Windows Display Properties dialog, and finally you assign the printer profile to the printer, either via its driver (in which case you should set the Print Space to "Printer Color Management" in Photoshop) or by switching off colour management in the printer driver and setting the Print Space to the printer profile in Photoshop.
Ian Lyons site has some far more detailed explanations on how to set all this up, but the important bit is that you need to use device profiles to get your monitor and printer to display correct representations of the colours in your image files.