Printing How to Get Great Prints
Color Calibration • The first thing you need to do is color calibrate your system. • Your monitor and output device need to be on the same page when it comes to color • Color calibrating your monitor is the first step to getting correct color from your printer
Printers • While high end printers can produce better prints it is possible to get good results from less expensive printers • Generally the more inks a printer has the better the results • High end printers have multiple shades of black . • This may be 3 black and 5 color cartridges
Printers • The larger the ink cartridge the less expensive the ink • A printers ability to use roll paper will reduce cost per print • While the ink cartridges cost more the cost per print goes way down by using a printer with both of the above • Roll paper also give you more flexibility in print size
Image Dpi When printing image dpi is important. 240 dpi or 300 dpi.
Printing • When printing it is important not to double profile. • Your printer or your software can profile (do the work) but not both. • If you double profile you will get unpredictable results
Printing • If you want your printer to profile the print make sure to set your software not to profile the print. • If you want your software to profile the print set your printer to none or nocolor adjustment. • In the printer driver this is usually found in the advanced or color section.
Printing • It is also important to choose the correct icm profile for your paper type • This is done in the software used to print the image • An icm profile defines the most saturated colors available in a color space; i.e. the bluest blue or deepest black your printer can produce. • Icm files are used on a pc and icc files are used on a mac.
Printing • A monitor is transmitted light • A print is reflected light • When comparing prints to your monitor a print will appear darker in normal room light • Hold the print under a color corrected daylight desk lamp when comparing to your monitor.
Conclusion • Color calibrate your system • When printing choose the correct paper type • Do color correction in the printer or the software but not both • If color correcting from software choose the correct icm profile for your paper type