I'm not asking for a print tutorial, because I can buy Jeff Schewe's 336 page THE DIGITAL PRINT.
Am I alone in wondering why we need 336 pages of instruction to produce a decent print?
I have a Canon camera and a Canon printer. Why don't they play well together, without constant adult supervision?
I'd bet that a significant majority of people who have higher end cameras and printers also have Photoshop or Lightroom, both made by Adobe.
So there aren't a lot of brands involved here. Canon, Nikon, Epson, Adobe, Apple, Microsoft. And they have had decades now to integrate and simplify. So why is it so complicated to get a print to look like it does on my calibrated monitor or even the back of my camera? Why can I get a $0.24 print from CVS that looks fairly accurate under sunlight, fluorescent, or tungsten, while mine and friends' home printers need test print after test print so people don't look like lobsters with white blotches of fungus?
No, not looking for another tutorial. Just wondering why in 2013 it still takes a 336 page instruction manual to tell us how to prepare for a trial and error process!
And don't get me started on LR5's still clunky Print module. (Sure, if you've been using it for years, it works, but try to imagine coming to it fresh or after using PS CSx for a long time.)
it doesn't really. Just use a proper profile for your printer and the paper type and tell photoshop about it and turn off color management in the printer and then set the printer driver to the proper paper and ink types and desired quality levels and then print.
The gamut and DR are different so you might want to add a bit of contrast and alter saturation a bit and such but that is something you'd need to do for costco too, no way around that. That shouldn't make people turn into lobsters or lobsters into green monsters or whatnot though. You also might want to add some excess sharpening to make up from the fuzzy way ink gets absorbed. Also prints tend to look very dull if the brightest tone of the image is not 255,255,255 max white so you might want to slide the top slider down to insure that if need be. And same goes for black, with limited DR of paper you generally want the darkest tone to be 0,0,0 and the brightest 255,255,255 no matter what (although there can be exceptions though certainly).
if you use who knows what ink with a low end printer and random paper for which few, if any profile are available, then it can be very tricky and take a long time and waste a ton of paper and ink until you dial it in (almost enough to have used more name brand paper and a more profiled printer to begin with)
you also need to make sure your monitor has been calibrated and profiled otherwise the printer would have no way to know what it is trying to match up to