Pixma Pro 100 prints are too dark

Started Jan 18, 2013 | Questions thread
jtoolman Veteran Member • Posts: 6,472
Re: Pixma Pro 100 prints are too dark

penns wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

penns wrote:

Hugowolf wrote:

penns wrote:

Hugowolf wrote:

penns wrote:

I would rather leave the color management on auto and not have to mess with this.  On auto, I just print it from here.  With manual, I click ok and then print.  What else do you need to know?  I haven't changed another settings that I know of.

Since Auto seems to be causing problems, I would suggest trying to get the printer to use the correct paper/printer profile.

In the Main tab of the printer properties dialog:
Select the media type for the Canon paper you are using.
Select a print quality of high or standard
Under color/intensity, choose Manual
Then press the Set button

There are two tabs in this dialog, everything in the Color Adjustment tab should be set to zero or normal.

On the Matching tab:
From the Color Correction dropdown, choose ICM
For the Input Profile, choose Standard
For the Printer Profile, choose the one that matches your Canon paper
For the Rendering Intent, choose Relative Colorimetric

OK out of everything until you get back to where you have a print button. You should now be ready to print.

Brian A

Ok tried that.  Still purple.

The bottles look quite purple on my calibrated monitor. How about the Tree shot sky?

Brian A

I'm not sure which tree shot?  Are you getting me confused with someone else?  I have been working with these bottles and a shot of some rooftops in Venice.

By the way your bottles also look purplish on my Hardware calibrated monitor as well.

Have you considered that you monitor may be displaying you image incorrectly? So when the printer prints it the way it actually is, it looks off?

Have you tried printing a standard image file without editing it. These files are intended to bypass the monitor's calibration. The image file will have a composite of different images and a black to white ramp as well as RGB and CMY patches which will be very easy to visually determine if the printer is printing correctly. If one of these images prints perfectly but does not look correct on your monitor, them you will know that it's you monitor that needs calibration.

Here is a particularly good one that I use.

Print it using only standard settings. Do not use any slider adjustments. Neutralize everything. Just use the settings you were given a few posts ago. Then look at it in Daylight. Look for the color on the black to white ramp where it should be neutral. The photos should appear "Right" not too light not too dark and the colors should appear natural with no shift in either direction.

Unless you printer is not printing correctly, this print should be excellent.


I printed Canon's stock photo for them.  It was dark/purple.  I've decided to give up and will be trying something different.  My credit can gives me extended return privileges for 90 days and I called them this afternoon.   The 90 days is up on Tuesday so I had to decide.  I appreciate everyone's help on this.  I am very disappointed, because this printer seemed to be just what I was looking for.  Not sure what I'll buy, but I'm looking at Epson.  Thanks again

Unless you get your monitor properly calibrated so the files, which as you have stated, are being printed directly from the camera's card, will be displayed in their correct color, an Epson or any other printer is not going to solve your problem.

Imagine a fever thermometer that is consistantly off by two degrees on the cold side. You could have a slight fever and be told that you are 98.6 by the uncalibrated thermometer.

Any viewing instrument that is being used as a standard, which in this case, the standard by which you are judging your images is your uncalibrated monitor, has to be trusted as showing your image correctly. Regardless of the fact that your HP printer seems to print your mages the way your monitor is displaying them does not mean that that everything is fine. It means that by total luck your HP printing is also printing off color. It's just that it happens that it is adding the oposite color shift and it is by cooincidence printing a print that matches your uncalibrated monitor.

On your monitor, your bottles are looking more toward cyan but correctly printing as purple, right? But on all of our monitors ( calibrated ) your bottles image are looking purple. Even my laptop screen shows them as purple. So since several of us see your bottles as being purple, chances are they are indeed purple.

I know it is a dificult concept to grasp and believe me, I went through a year or too, strugling, with my printing. But now I can pretty much print with my eyes closed and be assured that I get accurate color and density from any of my 15 Canon and Epson printers. It's all about your workflow.


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