Viewing and Printing

Started Jul 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
ronzie
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Re: Viewing and Printing
In reply to pineledger, Sep 30, 2012

You need to calibrate your monitor to the correct brightness (usually 100 to 120 foot candles) to best match a printer black area. If your monitor was supplied with installation software you probably have a monitor profile available in a windows or mac folder available to register and set as default in the operating system color management setting in your control panel. If not placed on the HD it might be directly on your installation CD.

To avoid purchasing a monitor calibrator try this:

Get these test images for BW from here;
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/downloadable_1/DL_page.html

particularly the last on this page, a grayscale coarse and fine ramp. Do not edit these other than for size.

Set up your printer for photo printing in BW mode.

Print it to your printer and let it dry at least for an hour. Put the print in your normal viewing light (don't allow much light to fall on the monitor) and then adjust your monitor brightness and contrast to match.

If your printer allows the use of a printer profile in BW mode see if it is installed on your operating system or supplied on the installation disk. If you have an editor that allows managing the printer color or use just a printing utility set your printer color management to none in the printer (if available in BW mode) and use the profile in the editor or printing application such as QImage Pro (not current but still available at http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/editions.htm and trial download at http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/downloads.htm ) which will give you a soft proof to emulate your printed image. Printing in an app that color manages the printer allows you to select the rendering type (perceptual, relative colormetric, or absolute colormetric plus offering back point compensation.

Your MX has a photo black cartridge (dye ink) that it uses for photo quality BW mode if you have that option in the driver.

If you do have an editor soft proof mode and can use the editor to drive your printer you can experiment with the different rendering choices and black point compensation to see if you can get the black stretched enough to render your shadow area.

These are just work arounds for you to try.

Check out this article as it might help:

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/colour_management/prints_too_dark.html

Once your monitor and print matches (gray scale) in your photo editing process you can adjust the image for your compensating the black compression in the printer.

My comments refer to black and white only and are not meant for full color management.

Canon states the MX870 is a generic office inkjet all-in-one capable of photo lab quality. It is not the same as a photo inkjet all-in one and may be just a little less quality. I looked in a rating subscription service I have and it was not rated.

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