printer colours vs 'real' colours

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by dido22, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. dido22

    dido22 Guest


    I'm not sure if this is the best group to ask this question, so please feel
    free to send me elsewhere.

    I am new to digital photography, and am trying to print photos via my pc. I
    have a new Vista pc and a big (19") monitor, plus an old but decent printer
    (HP deskjet 5650). I find that my printed photos sometimes have much
    deeper/darker colours than appear on the monitor. The colours on the monitor
    seem to me to be 'correct' or 'natural' , the printed colours are too

    For example, I have a pic of a hot-air balloon against a light blue sky. On
    the monitor it seems perfect, but when printed the sky is a darker/deeper
    blue than is natural.

    I am printing at 'best' quality.

    How do I synchronise the colours between the monitor and printer? Is this a
    printer problem ?

    Thanks for all advice

    dido22, Jun 15, 2007
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  2. dido22

    Aaron Guest

    The best approach is to use "color management," which typically means
    having ICC color profiles of each device (e.g. monitor, printer) and
    learning how to use them to "soft-proof" your work.

    There are myriad resources available on the subject, I suggest
    searching the web for "color management getting started" or something
    along those lines. You may wish to purchase a color calibration kit to
    generate your own profiles, though you may be able to mitigate your
    problems with manufacturer profiles (typically freely downloadable).
    Aaron, Jun 15, 2007
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