why do photos need color correction prior to printing ?

Started Jan 24, 2013 | Questions thread
Hugowolf
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In reply to coder01, Jan 26, 2013

When I read the subject line 'why do photos need color correction prior to printing ?' I wasn't thinking 'why do my photos need color correction prior to printing', but of the more general case, for which your question implied all photos.

The answer to the question with a 'my' in it, is that they shouldn't. Either you are doing something wrong, or there is something wrong with the printer and it should be returned.

It is easy to eliminate the printer from the problem. Print a standard test image using Canon paper, with the printer managing color not Photoshop Elements (or whatever software you are using for printing). If you don’t have any Canon paper, then any bright glossy or lustre paper should be fine.

Here is a standard test image:
http://www.jirvana.com/printer_tests/PrinterEvaluationImage_V002.zip

and here is the evaluation page:
http://outbackprint.outbackphoto.com/printinginsights/pi049/essay.html

If the image prints fine, as I suspect it will, then you have a problem with your workflow. It sounds like you are double profiling, or the Mac ColorSync utility is interfering with your color management.

Brian A

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