Matching print colour to on screen
Another subject that I value your collective wisdom on...
So far I have printed out
4 digital paintings onto box canvas and
10 or more onto card (by commercial printer)
The results have been mixed
Generally colours tend toward over saturated and or too dark compared to on screen (Asus F3SE)
How many pre production test prints are you averaging before you get the desired results?
Have you stumbled on any shortcuts or good practice tips?
Are there any software programs that work successfully in this area?
Open to any suggestions or pointers
Thanks for replies (None would be too long )
Also, have you found that the right choice of monitor has made a difference?
Adjusting monitors is a huge issue, yes and very important.
Also, be aware that artrage uses RGB colour format, and printers use CMYK - which isn't able to print all colours.
need to go have dinner.
You must be the same timezone, Lol
What you want is called ICM, color matching. Look up "monitor calibration" and "printer calibration". The issue is more often due to the monitor.
In the simplest case, download an applet called Adobe Gamma and run it in wizard mode. It will drive you through the calibration process.
Also, you can check your monitor's manufacturer's web site for the ICM profile they provide, and use it. (Such profiles are applied in the advanced display settings control applet, if you run Windows.)
In the really advanced case, there are special colorimeter devices you can buy and use to calibrate the monitor.
Flynn: modern print shops have no problem handling RGB color. In fact, small-run digital printing machines tend to work better with RGB originals.
Sorry, fell prey to 'rush off to dinner'
Originally Posted by arenhaus
Yes, they handle RGB files, but the *inks* are usually CYMK. the big, fancy art printing places will have extra ink colours, but most printers don't due to the cost. It doesn't always matter, but I have a couple of pictures I simply cannot print locally (e.g. this one http://www2.ambientdesign.com/galler...imageuser=6288 - the blues are outside the CYMK range)
(...or CMYK? I get confused )
As suggested above, calibrate your monitor. I could never get the software only solutions to work. The hardware monitor calibration is the most reliable. I use the Pantone Huey, but the Spyder is probably the industry standard. Now when I send things out for printing (mostly photos), they come back with no surprises. Rich