Calibrate Monitor

Discussion in 'Photography' started by bill b, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. bill b

    bill b Guest

    I need some assistance calibrating my monitor/printer. I just
    purchased an Epson 2200. I use XP Pro and several software image
    programs. Regardless of which software I use all the prints come out
    with inaccurate color. What suggestions does anyone have on what/how
    I need to calibrate my system. I have the latest drivers, etc. I
    tested with several different images, all with less than satisfactory
    results. I'd rather not have to purchase another device to calibrate
    my monitor.

    Thanks Everyone!
    BB
     
    bill b, Jul 14, 2003
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    Poch Guest

    Are you using the pritner's branded ink cartridges? I'm sure you are if it a
    'new' printer, but that it the first place to start. Some 3rd party
    cartridges are great but others are very poor.

    Poch
     
    Poch, Jul 14, 2003
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  3. The instructions at http://www.campratty.com/1faq/faqpages/b9a.html are for
    Paint Shop Pro, but it is easy to adapt them to other image editing
    software. If that doesn't pretty much solve theproble, - beyond what can be
    done by tweaking the printer, look into printer problems.

    IMHO, the devices for calibrating a monitor are needed only by pros.
     
    Marvin Margoshes, Jul 14, 2003
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  4. bill b

    bill b Guest

    I'm using Epson Ink and Paper. What I see on the monitor looks great
    but aweful when printed.

    Any thoughts?

    BB
     
    bill b, Jul 14, 2003
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    rufref Guest

    The August 2003 issue of Popular Photography has an excellent article on
    Monitors for photography. One of the sections addresses calibration. Might
    be worth the $3.99 USD or 2.75BP.


    Tom

    http://www.tom-photo.com/
     
    rufref, Jul 14, 2003
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    nightingale Guest

    A couple of years ago I bought an Epson printer. Ended up taking it
    back & getting a different kind of printer because I could not adjust it
    so that my colours were correct. What problem are you having? I could
    not make mine print blues accurately - everything was too red, and my
    photos of blue flowers were printing out purple. I actually took some
    files in and made them print test images on a few printers before I
    chose one to exchange for the Epson.
     
    nightingale, Jul 15, 2003
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  7. You didn't mention how you acquired your images.

    I have WinXP + Epson 2200 + Epson Perfection 3200 scanner.

    I got really blue blues, ugly reds and dripping wet prints when I tried to
    use Epson's PIM.
    I went back and rescanned my originals after making sure I selected "scan to
    file" instead of "scan to PIM." I don't know what I did wrong and quit
    trying to use PIM.

    You can get wrong colors if you print on the wrong side of the paper -- most
    Epson paper is single-sided. I thought that you could possibly have switched
    cartridges with its neighbor, but I just tried; you can't. The cartridges
    are keyed (and I didn't want to try harder to force them in!).
     
    Larry CdeBaca, Sep 10, 2003
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    flytoomuch Guest


    Several alternatives here. First, check what is turned on for Color
    Management for your scanner/camera and software. Unless, you have
    specific ICC profiles, let everything use default color managment. Do
    all these devices use the same color space (sRGB and AdobeRGB are the
    most popular). Second, get the ICC profile for your monitor and
    install it.. check the website for you monitor... also, get the proper
    Windows INF file for your monitor, either from the Monitor website, or
    Microsoft). After installing this stuff, adjust the Gama of your
    monitor. Most decent photo editing packages offer some kind of simpel
    gama adjustment, although Adobe's is best. That should fix things.
    Also, make sure your room lighting isn't out of wack.. ie should be
    neutral, no un corrected flourescent.

    If color is still out of whack, then you might want to invest in color
    profiling system. Monaco Systems EZcolor works well for me and is
    relatively inexpensive (less than 500 bucks.. others cost well over a
    1000 bucks).


    Jim
     
    flytoomuch, Sep 19, 2003
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