How to make sure the colors are correct on MBP Retina 15"

Started Jun 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Najinsky Veteran Member • Posts: 5,739
Ignore the calibration suggestion, for now.

The retina display is factory calibrated and not bad at all as supplied.

It can be improved further by re-calibrating, for Pro photography colour critical work, but this doesn't sound like your issue, so if you did go for the calibration suggestion, you'll likely spend time and money calibrating and then still be left with the same issue.

So I'd suggest you ignore the calibration option for the moment and look for simpler causes first.

I'd start by speaking to the shop to see if they know anything about their printers, and if possible take your MBP in with you and show and work through the issue.

The room where you do your photo editing can play a role, as this determines the comfortable viewing brightness of the screen while you make you edits. If your room is bright and your screen is brighter to compensate, this could make your images seem brighter on the display. Use lightroom in lights-out mode to avoid distractions and give your eyes time to adjust to the screen, rather than just pumping up the display brightness.

That may account for some of the difference, but the most likely culprit is the difference in colour gamut between your display and the printer, and how out-of-gamut values in the image get mapped to the printer.

Ideally, you should use Lightroom's Soft Proofing feature to check for and deal with out-of-gamut values.

For this you need a colour profile for the pinter/paper type, so again talking with the shop may yield some useful info on which profile to be using, either selecting one you already have or obtaining a copy of the correct one.

In Lightroom, adjust the image for how you like it on your display, then create a soft proof using the desired printer profile or a close approximation. Lightroom will show you the out-of-gamut values and you can then use the selective adjustment tools to bring them into gamut by tweaking the hue and/or saturation and/or brightness.

When exporting the image files for print, you may be able to set 'Black Point Compensation' and again the shop may be able to guide you whether this is needed. It sometimes is for better blacks and deeper colours.


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