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

Started Feb 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP GreenMountainGirl Contributing Member • Posts: 684
Re: calibrate your images, too

MrMojo wrote:

I use a Mac and I don't know how Windows handles printing. But in OS X a print window appears with basic settings. Accessing the paper profiles for my HP 8450 printer requires clicking a button that reveals 8 additional buttons including one labeled "Paper Type/Quality." The drop-down menu lists all the installed paper profiles; that is where I select the kind of paper that I have loaded in the printer.

Sounds like the Mac works very much like the Windows OS to handle printing.

Usually the printer paper profiles are installed when you install the printer software; sometimes it is necessary to download and install additional paper profiles if you use paper that isn't included with the printer software profiles.

Basic profiles are provided, but not specific ones.  Looking at the printer manual, apparently there is a way to upload additional ones using the original set-up CD.  I will have to get the CD out of my files and investigate further.  I will be buying some Canon paper this week to give it a try.

You can also switch between application and printer software color management and see which one does the best job with printing.

As a matter of fact, after being given some information by Petruska, I have been experimenting with that.  He gave me a link for a standard test photo, and I printed it from the image outside of LR and then imported it into LR, printing with color management on and off.  The best results were from within LR with color management on!  I am looking forward to trying with Canon paper.

There is a lot of info online regarding color management and printing. Here is a link to get you started; do your own search and you will turn up a bunch of hits:

I have been reading tutorials on CIC, after hearing about it from OP.  It is a good site.  I will have to look into, haven't heard of that one before.

Thanks for your suggestions.  The learning process is slow, but I feel like progress is happening!


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