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Prints Not Same Colour As On Monitor.


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#1 Bone Idol

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 06:21 AM

Hello all. I'm a newbie.

I'm trying to get the name of some software that will help me produce colour prints of my digital images that are a close match with what I can see on my monitor.

Currently I've been using Irfanview's colour adjustments before printing, but it's not very accurate.

I'd like some help with this please.

Thank you.

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 07:19 AM

This might be useful. I've not used it personally, but it might help improve the match between the photo and how it's displayed on screen.
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 12:38 PM

I believe that most graphic programs (not free) come with settings/control to improve color matches.

I use Ulead (now Corel) PhotoImpact and it does. I believe a trial (30-day) download is still available at the Ulead website, if you are looking at a 1-time, quick fix.

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 07:02 PM

Thank you both for your very helpful advice. I'll be following it up, and hopefully this will solve my problem! :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 07:12 PM

Thank you both for your very helpful advice. I'll be following it up, and hopefully this will solve my problem! :thumbsup:


Let us know how you make out with this. Matching color is always a pain, specially skin tones. I'd like to think that the idea is to get it close and call it a day. Your printer might have color adjustments if your printing program doesn't. One hint is to take the picture to the other side of the room and then look at it then look at the monitor (with the monitor being on the other side of the room and the picture in your hand). This helps to eliminate the extreme difference in the lighting (monitor is transparent light-light shines through the monitor surface-, and the print is reflective light-the light bounces off the picture).
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Posted 20 October 2007 - 10:21 PM

Thanks Steve - I'll try that out.

My skin colours always come out too red. And my colours too dark.

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 12:52 AM

That's somewhat par for the course. Warm colors (red) aways seem to stand out, while the cooler colors (blue) seem to be lacking. Try desaturating the reds and adding contrast overall, see if that helps.

EDIT: Oh, for the darkness, obviously, try lightning up the entire image! :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 October 2007 - 01:24 AM

I'll try more experimentations with these adjustments.

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