I've just been playing with a friends' Canon S9000 printer, before taking the plunge and buying my own machine (probably an Epson). I found that I had a lot of trouble getting the calibration right and matching output to my screen.
Basically, setting the media type to Canon Pro Photo, and the printing mode to high quality photo seemed to give washed out and slightly dusty looking prints, which didn't reallly match what I wanted. On the other hand, changing the media type to plain paper seemed to give better and more accurate colour.
Any idea what might be up with that? Is there a tutorial on the web somewhere that explains how to calibrate everything?
For the record, my computer is a Mac running OS X.
Thanks in advance,
#1. "RE: calibration process" | In response to Reply # 0Obregon Charter MemberThu 12-Dec-02 11:43 AM
Hopefully BJ will soon come to your rescue, but in the interim, don't touch that printer until you get the monitor right. Most calibration problems start in the monitor. I'm not certain about Macs but for PCs, Adobe Photoshop includes a program for calibrating your monitor. It's not the most precise program, but it comes with Photoshop for free. After that there are various more expensive hardware-software combinations for color calibration. But in the interim. don't try to calibrate that printer yet!
#2. "RE: calibration process" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberThu 12-Dec-02 02:10 PM
Conrad's right. You don't adjust the printer output to match your display. You must first know your display is accurate for your image. If you go backwards, even if you get prints you like, your images won't print or display accurately on any other computer. You also need to be working in a printer-friendly color space (Adobe RGB 1998) and not sRGB as many applications use by default.
You can use hardware-based profiling if you want the most precise monitor calibration, but you can get very workable calibration using Adobe Gamma (part of Photoshop).
There is scant information on correct driver setup for the Canon printers. I don't have one so I can't help you. If Canon provides profiles for the printer, you can use them to print via Photoshop using the specific profile for both the printer and the paper you are using. Be aware that profiles are typically provided for the manufacturer's paper, and you can't necessarily expect good results from seemingly similar papers. One vote against Canon is that the web tutorial resources for accurate color output and profile use are scant compared to those for Epson.
Read about aspects of printing and color management at The Digital Dog: http://digitaldog.net/tips.html
#3. "RE: calibration process" | In response to Reply # 0phyllopod Basic MemberFri 13-Dec-02 06:15 PM
Thanks everybody for the answers. I think I've sorted out what I need.
For the record, I found the Ian Lyons webpages, referenced in another thread, to be pretty useful in explaining the workflow.
#5. "RE: calibration process" | In response to Reply # 0
I Have had an S9000 for some time and get excellent results - but only when I use the correct paper for the setting. i.e CANON photo paper pro on the photo paper setting - also you need to leave them for about 30 mins for the colours to come out.
When printing on other makes of paper the setup is a bit trickier but you soon get to know what works for what paper.
THE RESULTS ARE EXCELLENT - and at top setting the speed is something else.........
You don't take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams