How to get prints that are like what you see on screen

Started Feb 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: calibrate your images, too
In reply to GreenMountainGirl, Feb 24, 2013

GreenMountainGirl wrote:

Mark Scott Abeln wrote:

What other people said, calibrate your monitor and use print/ink/paper combination that has an ICC profile associated with it. International Color Consortium (ICC) profiles are a standard way of ensuring that colors translate well between devices. If you don’t use it, you won’t get consistent results.

Problem is, I cannot find anywhere in my printer drivers, etc. that offers printing with ICC profiles. It just says photo printing, standard, etc. Perhaps it is because I don't have a dedicated photo printer?

Your monitor also should have an ICC profile associated with it: this is created by the monitor calibrator and it too is used to translate sRGB to colors that the monitor can display.

I did discover where in my computer to do some calibration for the monitor, but there was no mention of ICC. It did offer AdobeRGB (1998).

But you also need to understand that sRGB is a standard too, and you need to process your images so that it matches this standard. Be aware that whenever each of the three RGB numbers are equal, then the color is neutral: white, gray, or black. If there is a point on the image that should be neutral in color, then the RGB numbers all must be equal at that point. This is called white balance, and is an important step often neglected, for it is ‘calibrating your image’.

Mostly I adjust white balance using the controls in LR4, but I have played around with the neutral squares. Just not consistently.

Thanks for the comments. I am gradually getting some of this info into my head!


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'Adobe RGB (1998)' is the name of an ICC profile for your monitor, a common one promoted by Adobe for use in all their applications and elsewhere.  It uses the Adobe RGB color space.

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