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Printer colors are not true

  1. #1


    Caillah Guest

    Printer colors are not true

    I don't know where to turn for assistance on this. I have read that Vista
    has a good color management system. I know that to get true colors printed
    I need to calibrate my monitor (which I did using an online calibration
    program and also using the Corel PSP Photo X2 program). Even using these
    profiles the colors are way off. I have also tried to load the pre-set
    profiles for my printer but Vista does not seem to accept them.

    My system is: Vista
    Ben Q monitor FP202W
    NVidia GeForce 8800 GTS video card
    Canon Pixma 4200 printer
    Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 editing software

    I figured that I needed to calibrate the printer to print what I see on my
    monitor. The tech guy at the shop says I need to calibrate the monitor to
    the printer. I am using the profile marked as the one suitable for my
    monitor (FP202w.icm).

    I would appreciate any help you can offer, or if you can steer me in the
    direction of help or learning I would be most greatful.

    thanks



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  2. #2


    Chuck Guest

    Re: Printer colors are not true

    The way I go about doing the task you mention --
    Obtain a reference photograph I use a "Getty" reference
    http://www.colourmanagement.ca/images/Getty_Images.jpg
    http://www.colourmanagement.ca/resources.shtml
    Another possible source
    http://www.inkjetart.com/custom/

    By using a "reference standard" image, you can adjust a display, and also
    adjust a printer if no other tools are available.

    I gave up trying to get consistency in monitor setting by using just the
    "Mark 1 eyeball". Not needing true "professional" results, which usually
    involve CMYK and a bunch of other stuff, I acquired a Pantone "Huey" display
    calibrator in order to get the needed consistency.

    the news server cnews.corel.com has a group entitled corel.ColorManagement.
    This can help illustrate some of the methods and settings that can help.

    Most monitors and displays conform to the SRGB standards. Thus, using a
    factory supplied generic .icm file may or may not help.

    Usually, Cannon consumer printers are SRGB printers, since the printer
    driver and hardware does the conversion to a version of CMYK that matches
    the printer ink and capability. The printer driver has several means of
    adjustment that will make a difference. Please remember that paper plays a
    big part.

    You did not mention how your printed output does not meet your expectations.
    This makes it difficult to provide more focused advice.

    In general, Grey Scale and Color Balance are your initial goals.
    It's usually best to set the display (and printer) up in a complete SRGB
    environment before you get into color compensation/and adustment in a
    particuliar application such as PSP.
    One of the posters in the corel color management forum has written an
    "EBook" on the subject that might be helpful.
    http://www.coreldrawpro.com/AllBookstore.htm

    "Caillah" <caillah@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:uvcuHQXhJHA.2384@xxxxxx

    >I don't know where to turn for assistance on this. I have read that Vista
    >has a good color management system. I know that to get true colors printed
    >I need to calibrate my monitor (which I did using an online calibration
    >program and also using the Corel PSP Photo X2 program). Even using these
    >profiles the colors are way off. I have also tried to load the pre-set
    >profiles for my printer but Vista does not seem to accept them.
    >
    > My system is: Vista
    > Ben Q monitor FP202W
    > NVidia GeForce 8800 GTS video card
    > Canon Pixma 4200 printer
    > Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 editing software
    >
    > I figured that I needed to calibrate the printer to print what I see on my
    > monitor. The tech guy at the shop says I need to calibrate the monitor to
    > the printer. I am using the profile marked as the one suitable for my
    > monitor (FP202w.icm).
    >
    > I would appreciate any help you can offer, or if you can steer me in the
    > direction of help or learning I would be most greatful.
    >
    > thanks
    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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