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Computer help re printer please

Ellen23 Avatar
7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
Taken some wonderful photos and they look good colours wise on screen but when I print them they are way too dark. Not a true colour of whats on screen. i have epson stylus cx6600. Can anybody help me also using Vista. Thanks
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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#1
Don't know that printer, but you may require a profile to be applied to your driver. Some printers have some alternative profiles provided out-of-the-box, but they tend to be the more expensive machines.

If your printer will allow a profile to be applied to it, go to http://www.pureprofiles.com/ and look at their site. You basically print out an image they send you in an email and then send it back to them in the post. They construct a profile and then send it to you and you apply it to the printer driver. This will correct any colour cast problem; but you need to do this for each paper type you use, because the paper affects ink absorption.

Have a look first and see if your printer has any alternative profiles provided ... my Canon had four and one of them produced very acceptable results, so I didn't need to buy a profile.

I assume it's a decent quality printer and you're printing on high-res paper?
#2
Not being funny here, but have you tried contacting Epson support?
#3
I also have a Epson 6600, and have the same problem. I had to tweak with the printer settings to get the pics to look half-waydecent, but could never resolve the problem totally.

I use a Canon for printing my pics now, much better:thumbsup:
#4
I never think home printing is a good solution if you want real results,

You can try playing with the contrast / colour settings in some editing software but you won't know what it prints like until it's dones, by which time you've wasted ink and paper.

I would just take them into a printing shop and if they come out pants you can just complain and say "they don't look like this on screen"

I went into truprint the other day, printed some pictures from a track day and they had cut half the picture off, when I complained I was told it was my fault for selecting 5x7 and not editing them, how silly of me!!

Eventually they did reprint them in full format.
banned#5
The make of paper can be critical.
Are you using cheap stuff?.
Good luck.
#6
afterburner- added extra four profiles that already on system - no change darker pictures if anything.

Yes using quality photo paper.

Any other ideas, will try to contact Epson tomorrow.
#7
Ellen23
afterburner- added extra four profiles that already on system - no change darker pictures if anything.

Yes using quality photo paper.

Any other ideas, will try to contact Epson tomorrow.
Are you going through the right procedure for the profiles? You pick one and select it for use, then close the properties window and try printing the image again. If that doesn't improve it, go back to the properties window and select the next one and try again. Do you see any difference at all between the prints for each profile? If not you're probably not doing it quite right.

If none of them improves the image, are you using the montior with the brightness turned up too high? If you're using an unnaturally bright and contrasty setting on the monitor you will never get the printer to match that.

Also, are you manipulating the image through some software before printing or are you just downloading from the camera and printing the image unchanged?
#8
Been on to Epson they say that you have to use their photopaper or the colours do not get absorbed properly!!!
#9
Ellen23
Been on to Epson they say that you have to use their photopaper or the colours do not get absorbed properly!!!

Bullsh*t. Sorry.:whistling:

There's not much difference between the various makes of photo quality paper, at least not enough to go from acceptable to unnacceptable.

However, it would do no harm to buy a few sheets and try it., if only to prove them wrong. Did you not receive a few sample sheets with the printer? They usually provide a few.
#10
Still ongoing have used Epson paper no difference as I thought. Have also uninstalled & reinstalled printer & now they looking into using Epson easy photo print!!!! Still no difference still dark
#11
Both printers and monitors generally don't come from the factory correctly calibrated, you really need a hardware device to calibrate them accurately (and I believe the printer ones are fairly expensive) but as you've played around with the printer settings perhaps you could play around with the monitor ones.
#12
think the monitor is ok as the pictures look same on monitor as they do onboth tv & camera screen.
#13
If you don't want to go down the route of buying a profile, what I suggest you do is have some of these pictures printed commercially. If they come out dark then it's likely that your camera settings are wrong.

Also, try getting a friend to print one or two of these pictures on his printer, assuming his pictures come out OK on them.

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