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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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Gray color prints as brown using Photoshop CS6


check your image mode.. click image, then mode, then cmyk color.

Sep 23, 2017 | Epson Stylus Office T1100

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Color doesn't look like what is on computer screen... printing from InDesign and Photoshop... same results from each program.


first of all, your screen is probably not correctly calibrated to show the colors right. Same goes for your copier, try calibrating the colors. Press the menu button (it's a button next to the screen, looks like a star with a head around it)

- Then press Adjustments/Cleaning
- Auto Gradation Adjustment
- Full adjust
- Print page 1
- Put the paper on the copyglass, with the black toner facing the back of the machine.
- Press Scan
- Then Print page 2
- Scan page 2
- Print page 3
- Scan page 3.

Now the colors are calibrated. If it still doesn't match, try calibrating your computers screen so you can see the real colors.

Dec 21, 2010 | Canon imageRUNNER C3220 Color Copier

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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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Color isn't true


You'll need to calibrate your screen and your printer - calibration is required for every set of paper and ink you use. It's quite a science and an art. I suggest you google "colour space" "printer calibration" "gamut" etc and read up on it. Alternatively you could spend a few hundred quid on a printer calibration tool, either the Colormunki or the Spyder print studio.

It still won't match perfectly, as the way color is created on a screen differs hugely for to how it is produced on paper.

Start with a properly calibrated screen first though (my money is on the Spyder elite screen calibrator and spyder print calibrator)

I'm a pro photographer and I print my own photos - full system calibration is the only way. www.yourhandinmine.co.uk

Steve Causon

Apr 08, 2009 | Epson Stylus 1400 InkJet Photo Printer

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Canon MP610 - colours printed are not the same as on pc screen


This is likely because your monitor is not calibrated with your printer. Search for monitor color calibration online and then calibrate your colors to match the color profile used by the MP610, likely Adobe RGB or something similar.

Jan 25, 2009 | Canon MP610 Photo All-In-One Printer

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Skewed printing


Most probably you have to do the Color Registration Settings and the Color Calibration.
The Color Registration will fix the fuzzy printing and the Color Calibration the way how the colors looks. The Color Calibration it is done automatically after each batch of 40 or 80 pages and if you need you can do a manual Color Calibration BUT THE COLOR REGISTRATION must be done manually.

Go to Menu->Others->Service->Color Registration and print a test chart. Will print a page and you have to read the alignment of some lines Cyan Magenta Yellow Black with some numbers. Check the Advanced user guide for details. Basically you have to read the number / letters of each color where 2 lines are matching. Then you can enter those numbers into the printer for each color.

If the Cyan only is off then will be easy ...

Nov 03, 2008 | Kyocera FS-C5030N Led Printer

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Unable to have prints from xerox 7760 match what is on the monitor


Hello Mary Pat,
We just took delivery of a 7760 and have not even lifted it off of the skid yet. I've been using an EyeOne spectrophotometer for years profiling papers for inkjet printers and Xerox's support of this approach to color management was one of the reasons we bought this printer.
When you say you have calibrated the printer using the calibrations in the machine I assume you are referring to the "visual color calibration" method accessed through the control panel? I do believe that Phasermatch is limited to spectrophotometers.
I'm not familiar with the "visual color calibration" method, but unless it generates a profile for you to apply to your preview loop in your application, I'm not sure how you can benefit much.
How badly do the prints miss your on screen expectations? What application are you using to view the image file?
You can contact me by email if you like.
Dale dalehof@gmail.com

Jul 03, 2008 | Xerox PhaserMatch ICC Color Management...

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Colors dont match screen


can u tell me how old this printer is,when u got it service maintance last time,u better try to calibrate it

Jan 23, 2008 | HP Color LaserJet 2600n Printer

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