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Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet


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#1 MaraM

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 01:45 PM

Is someone here using the free download from Microsoft for Windows XP - "Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet"?

If so, would you please be kind enough to let me know if you like it and equally important, is it easy to use/understand.

Ever since I got my new computer with Windows XP plus the new Canon Pixma printer, I've been unable to get what I see on my ViewSonic flat screen tomatch what comes out of the printer (dismal results on photo printing, particularly with skin tones). So am hoping the above applet will be an easy solution.

Thanks so much, would truly appreciate any help.

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:14 AM

I've never heard of this applet thingy-ma-bob. However, in reading your post, you need a calibration tool (or is that what the microsoft applet program is?). Calibration itself is somewhat simple. Most programs will walk you through what to do, step by step. It's finding a program that works well that's an issue.

You can also try making adjustments when you print. You'll have to search around some, and find out where the adjustments are, probably under a "Properties" button or "Advanced" tab etc. You should be able to adjust brightness, contrast, and the basic colors of the printer (either RGB or CMYK depending on the set up). You also might be able to assign a profile to your color picture before printing, or select a pre-made profile (sRGB, Photo 1, Photo 2 etc. etc. although you might have different options). Play around with it a bit, and see what your color looks like. Also, be sure to check what ever program you use to print from (Paint, Photoshop, Gimp etc.) for more printing options.

Getting your color dead on is near impossible. The goal (IMHO) should be to get it as close as possible (from what you see on your monitor to what comes out of your printer).

Hope this helps and Good luck! :thumbsup:
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Posted 18 October 2006 - 12:32 PM

Really do appreciate your advise, and I'm off to give it a valiant effort :thumbsup:

Thanks so much, stevealmighty!
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Posted 18 October 2006 - 12:37 PM

:thumbsup: No problem MaraM! Let me know how you make out with this. Of course, I still reccomend waiting for some to (hopefully) post about this Microsoft Color Control Panel Applet that you originally asked about.

Also, if you don't get what you're looking for here, you might want to try posting in "All Other Applications" in the Software and Hardware part of these forums!

Sorry I couldn't be of more help!
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