[QUOTE]\n[...]\nYou may or may not be aware that I have a strong preference for\nabstracts. My color is far from subtle. I try to do most color\nadjustment in LAB, and often, unless it is monochrome, use intense\ncolors.[/QUOTE]\n\nFrom what you've said up to this point, your monitor has almost nothing\nto do with being unable to get the colour punch in the prints; it is\nthe limitation of the printing process itself. To illustrate, I'll use\nthe sRGB colour space to make things easier for me.\n\nSuppose I create a simple abstract having only a green object. I'll use\nthe strongest green I can get, which has the tristimulus vales 0,255,0.\nTo add texture to the object I need to shade it. To darken an area I\nreduce the value of the green channel; to lighten an area, I leave the\ngreen channel at 255 and increase the R and B channels. E.g. 0,25,0 for\ndark green and 240,255,240 for a bright pale green.\n\nClearly, the saturation has to drop in the lightened area. What about\nthe darkened area? Technically it is still a 100% saturated green\n(using the HSV model), but human vision will make us believe the\nsaturation has dropped significantly. The way I think of it is this:\ndarkening the green dilutes it with black; lightening dilutes it with\nwhite.\n\nI could create that abstract using any old monitor. If I print it using\npigmented inks, I will likely be very disappointed with the result.\nIgnore the text in the following URL, just look at the first two\nchromaticity diagrams:\n\n<[URL]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIE_1931_color_space>[/URL]\n\nI would get a similar result if I sent my image for printing on some\nphotographic papers, even the papers which are claimed to have a gamut\nwider than sRGB. Their gamut _is_ wider in the dark areas, but is much\nnarrower in the light areas.\n\nDye inks are very good for punchy abstracts, it's just a case of\nfinding the most suitable combination of inks and paper for the style\nof work. Downloadable colour profiles and soft proofing allow us to\n"try before we buy".\n\nHope that helps.