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Colour compensation

There is a difference between the colors on the monitor of your computer and the printer can print. colors on the screen has more impact and look more dynamic than a photograph. To make an animated series of print, color, try increasing the intensity of the colors until it seems to be really harsh on the screen.



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Why do some prints have a greenish skin tone after appearing normal on computer screen?


Color laser printers, especially the big high end office printers, have the color capabilities you need for printing the company logo and the occasional Excel pie chart - but they are truly bad for printing photos.
But the good news is that almost any of the current generation of ink jet printers, even the cheap ones, are pretty good at printing photos - but only if you print in the printer's high quality setting on photo paper, if you use the cheap office paper you will get the same desaturated colors you got at the office.
Now, the colors in print will never be the same as on screen, especially the brightness (because the screen is a light source and he paper isn't) but you can get good results results, here are the options depending on how accurate you want the colors to be:
1. Just print in high quality on photo paper
If you like the way colors look an screen right out of camera and you never calibrated your screen than it's likely you won't notice the problem from uncalibrated printer (but it will never be the same as on screen).
This should be good enough for most people and will probably match the results you get when you get the photos printed in cheap labs.
2. Calibrate your monitor
If you're serious about getting the right colors you first need to make sure what you see on screen is really what's in the file, this will probably get you predictable results (that is, the difference between screen and printer will be predictable and you can learn to compensate).
There are several systems that will let you calibrate monitors, some are not very expensive.
This should be enough for most serious hobbyists and pros
3. Use name brand paper that has profiles available
The next step is to use good paper and get printer profiles for that paper you are using.
4. Calibrate your printer
The next step is to get a device that can calibrate both your screen and your specific printer with the specific printer you are using.
Those are definitely not cheap and this should be good enough for everyone.
5. Know when to stop
This rabbit hole goes very deep, if you want truly accurate color you might find yourself in a black shirt (to avoid reflection) in a room with gray walls and special balanced lights (to avoid color casts) manually adjusting color space conversions.
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Nov 14, 2015 | Canon Pixma MX922 Inkjet All-in-One...

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The printer is not printing the same colours that are on the screen


How different is the color from the printer with the screen? If, you can see yellow, but the printer prints a shade of green, then your ink (particularly the cyan color) may be leaking. Check your ink cartridges if there are leaks. If there are none, try printing blocks of colors and see if the colors match with the screen. If they don't match, maybe try using a different monitor and see if the problem persists.

Apr 04, 2011 | Brother Office Equipment & Supplies

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Print is small in comparison to the screen.


Sometimes the Screen Letters or graphics do not match the Print out. You should tweak the Control Panel Display Setting, and change the Color configuration.
Or you can also go To Control Panel and Printer Setting, and change the Color Setting of the Printer. Usually if it is RGB, the print out would be different from Monitor or Screen.

Sep 07, 2010 | HP LaserJet 1018 Printer

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HP 6110 is printing different color than on the screen


computer monitors are capable of thousands if not millions of shades and hues of colors that even the most expensive professional grade printers simply can not print. greens in particular. if your creating something you know you'll want to print (say like a business card), you need to create it in "printable" colors. there are programs (like paintshop and photoshop) that can display on your monitor what will actually print. the results will shock you. all this post of course ASSUMES your printer is in proper working order, otherwise your problem will be magnified...

Sep 07, 2010 | HP OfficeJet 6110 All-In-One InkJet...

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There is no Gray, it is Green gray. Photos are not what is seen on screen, Need calibration or something.


The colors on your computer monitor might differ from the device output. Select Screen Match in the Color tab of the printer driver.

For most users, the best method for matching colors on your screen to your printer is to print sRGB colors. The printer uses sRGB and automatically optimizes color output.

Dec 05, 2009 | HP Color LaserJet 2600n Printer

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