printing accurate colors

Discussion in 'Photography' started by b.ingraham, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. b.ingraham

    b.ingraham Guest

    I give up. I'm going through a lot of paper and color ink on my HP
    Deskjet 5150 trying to tweak the colors of prints. They aren't
    photographs, but scans of old envelopes. No matter what I do in the way
    of altering brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and color balance, I
    can get any closer to the originals than "kinda close." I'm pretty
    sure it's not the printer, because I've been very happy with
    photographs I've printed with it. Although the scanned images of the
    envelopes look fine on my monitor, the initial prints are invariably
    too red/magenta. I can come closer using Photoshop adjustments, but
    I've yet to achieve the appearance of the old, toned paper of the
    envelopes. Any suggestions?

    Bob Ingraham
     
    b.ingraham, Oct 28, 2005
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    Rob Novak Guest

    Yep - Profile your monitor and printer, use the ICC profiles when
    printing. Even then, there are no guarantees, because the average
    printer can only accurately reproduce less than 20% of the colors we
    can perceive.
     
    Rob Novak, Oct 28, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    Even a top-of-the-range inkjet is going to struggle with very soft
    tones that are near white. Think about it - it is squirting dots of
    quite vibrant ink colors onto the paper and trying them to mix them, to
    create an accurate off-white? 6 or 7 color printers will do a little
    better (does the 5150 do 6 colors? - I seem to recall it's a pretty
    low-cost printer..), but even with a $1000 inkjet I still think you
    will have a hard time.

    That was another way of saying what Rob alluded to - namely you are
    probably in that area best known as out-of-gamut... Conventional film
    and printing will handle it a bit better.. maybe..
     
    chrlz, Oct 28, 2005
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