I can't get my printer to print what I see on the screen. The colors aren't right.
I don't have a high-end printer, it's a HP Photosmart D7260. Can I do anything to get my prints to match what's on my screen?
I did a test by using a printer in my office. All I did was email the photo to my office and print from Outlook. The office print was much closer to what I see on my screen at home. The office Printer is a HP Color Laser Printer.
My monitor was calibrated with a Spyder 2, but the calibration seemed to make the difference between my monitor and printer worse. (I'm sure there are good reasons for that)
And...I have an ATI video card and I'm not sure if the calibration truly loaded during Windows boot. Although the Spyder software said it monitor profile loaded, I didn't see the screen change color from beginning of boot to the point Spyder said the monitor profile successfully loaded.
And yes, so many variables...where to begin???
This morning I had Costco print the photo and it is closer to what I se on my monitor, just a little less saturated. My printer is WAY off.
This picture should be more green than brown. At least that's the look I wanted and that's what I see on my monitor. Yet, it looks more brown on this website and also on my prints.
I will run the Head Clean app on my printer.
I think I'm going to try going back to a nVidia Video card. I didn't have these problems with nVidia. Not to say ATI is bad, but when I calibrated my monitor with ATI I didn't see an appearance change during boot, but I seem to remember seeing a change with nVidia.
I got to get my monitor right before anything.
I think a person could go nuts trying to get colors right....
Wed 01-Feb-12 05:30 AM | edited Wed 01-Feb-12 05:40 AM by elec164
>I'm using HP Premium Photo Paper. >
I have an HP Photosmart 8250, which I believe uses the same ink set as your printer. I also have the Spyder 2 for monitor calibration and get good results when printing.
I used to use the HP Premium paper until I tried the Premium Plus paper. I now have a pack of premium that is a back up for there is a huge difference in achievable gamut. I don't know if that is your whole problem, but I think if you give the Plus paper a try (if you haven't already)you may also make the switch. I know it's more expensive, but in my opinion it's worth it. I know I was shocked at the amount of difference between them.
Edited to add: If when using PS to print, are you selecting the HP paper profile in the print dialog box forPS?
Also I don't know if your print driver has it, but I don't use HP's PhotoREt. HP says its supposed to provide better looking prints, but I disagree. I use the maximum DPI of 1200x4800 when printing.
Before you start going to the trouble of switching out video cards and spending more money on a new calibration system you must understand that if you do not have ICC printer/paper profiles for the printer and paper combination you are using there is no way you will ever get accurate and consistent color, contrast, and tone on your prints. If HP does not supply paper profiles then you must either have them made or use a commercial lab. The next step would then be to purchase a printer that is designed for photo printing and from a manufacturer that provides a good library of paper profiles.
One way to check to see if your Spyder generated monitor profile is loaded is to check in the Windows Color Management applet. Select the device in the list and look to see what profile is being used. If you are using Photoshop you can also look at the list of profiles loaded in the system. If you see the monitor profile under MONITOR RGB then the active profile is in use.
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Sat 04-Feb-12 10:38 PM | edited Sun 05-Feb-12 12:50 PM by BillS52
I think I'm on to something. I just imported the raw file again into ACR.
I noticed I have ACR set to output Adobe RGB (1998), but my PS Color Space ia sRGBIEC61996-2.1.
So I changed PS Color Space to match ACR's output of Adobe RGB (1998) and my prints are perfect.....interesting...
When I print I have Photoshop Color Control.
This will work with prints. Web posts and 3ard party printing I'll have to remember to convert to sRGBIEC61996-2.1.
Not sure what to do with JPEG shots. I often shoot RAW plus JPEG, especially when I know I'm going to take allot shots and I want to reduce Post Processing time. I like having a RAW copy incase I want a make a large print or crop in.
Update - I tested this with JPEG by importing my JPEG into ACR. As long as I keep the color space the same in ACR as PS, my prints are more consistant.