« on: March 03, 2015, 11:39:54 PM »
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+1...I use Canson paper,I use a Colormunki to calibrate my monitor and profile each paper as well,my prints turn out an almost perfect monitor/print match.I had a few questions. Firstly the prints I make look nothing like those taken on my camera. The colours are far too dark and I have to manually change brightness and saturations on every image prior to printing. This is taking a lot of trial and error and will be costly inks wise. Any ideas or recommendations to fix this?
Printing is a process exactly like capturing an image. You can't just press the button
Basically you'll need:
- Calibrate the monitor - and set brightness to a level good to evaluate prints. Anyway, most monitor gamut could be smaller than printers like the PRO-1
- Calibrate the printer for the given paper - many papers now come with good starting ICC profiles. To calibrate the printer, you need a spectrophotometer, the Canon utility AFAIK supports only some X-Rite models
- ICC profiles alone are not enough to "translate" automatically a screen image to a printed one, there are other variables which needs to be handle manually
- Select the "proper" paper for a given image. Not all images look good on every paper
- Good printing applications (what do you use to print?) will let you proof (preview) how the final image will look, taking into account several parameters like inks and paper white poin. Some can also save them for later use.
- Create/display a proof (print preview) (depends on what application you use to print), and then change parameters as you need to get close the image you want. Brightness and saturation are only two, you may want to change rendering intent, adjust contrast, sharpening, white balance, etc. etc., for example matter paper will have far less contrast than glossy ones
- Print from this proof, and assess it after it dried under a proper light source, or the light source it will be displayed in
Hahnemühle, Canson, Innova, Moab, Awagami makes excellent papers, even Canon ones are good enough, the PM-101, for example. You should look for the sample packs, and then select the one that fits your taste (and budget)
For drawings you may also consider using "canvas" ones, that look more like those used by artists - your printer can use this kind of support as well.
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