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6 years 2 weeks ago #1263 by Christian Udarbe
Christian Udarbe created the topic: Personal prints are dark
I have been printing my own photos and was saddened that they are darker than what I see on screen. I have read that it was simply my monitor being to bright perhaps, but I would like to try and remedy this without me adjusting my current brightness of my monitor (currently using a laptop so I'm pretty sure the brightness has to be spot on and so is the color; can't afford those Spyder things LOL).

I was wondering if there are things to adjust in the control panel (I use Windows 7), on my printer (using a Canon iP2772) and/or my print program (I am using Canon's Easy PhotoPrint EX).

Lemme know what I can do to remedy this; any suggestions on print programs, etc. is also welcomed.

Thanks Cazillions! :)


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6 years 2 weeks ago #1271 by Clair
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I bought a spyder & used it on my laptop & secondary monitor you'll be amazed at the difference it makes!..My laptop was way too bright & over saturated..

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6 years 2 weeks ago #1276 by Christian Udarbe
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Was it able to print WYSIWYG?


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6 years 2 weeks ago #1283 by Clair
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Virtually, yes. My printer still prints a teeny bit more saturated than the screens but I now know to allow for that...a huge improvement though & well worth the spend..

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6 years 2 weeks ago #1286 by Christian Udarbe
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Alrightee I should really look into those Spyders; LOL was hesitant about the price, but it seems essential if I am serious about my edits as well as my prints.

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6 years 2 weeks ago #1289 by Gregory Cazillo
Gregory Cazillo replied the topic: Re: Personal prints are dark
The only way to get accurate color, especially when printing your own images, is to calibrate your monitor and possibly the printer itself. Everyone I know who prints their own work profiles everything and their prints look pretty darn good ;).

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6 years 2 weeks ago #1292 by Joakim Bidebo
Joakim Bidebo replied the topic: Re: Personal prints are dark
Try one of this Pantone huey™ PRO
www.pantone.com/pages/products/product.aspx?pid=562&ca=2

Going to get one of those myself after I have got a new screen, so maybe in a month or so.

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6 years 2 weeks ago #1294 by Andrew Olson
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Also keep in mind that our digital sensors love light! In fact some might scream for it, not really but you get the idea. When I print or have photos sent out for print, I usually up the exposure just a hair to ensure the print will not be dark, as printers tend to print darker than on the screen.

Andy

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6 years 2 weeks ago #1299 by Gregory Cazillo
Gregory Cazillo replied the topic: Re: Personal prints are dark
As I just mentioned to someone else make sure your images are in the proper color space.

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6 years 1 week ago - 6 years 1 week ago #1302 by Joakim Bidebo
Joakim Bidebo replied the topic: Re: Personal prints are dark

Andrew Olson wrote: Also keep in mind that our digital sensors love light! In fact some might scream for it, not really but you get the idea. When I print or have photos sent out for print, I usually up the exposure just a hair to ensure the print will not be dark, as printers tend to print darker than on the screen.

Andy


And the reason why this is so, is cos peoples screens are backlighted and papers ain't. :) Photoshop can simulate this, haven't looked at LR4 print-proofing yet if they have the function that simulate paper.
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