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Colour Cast My prints have a very distinct red colour cast which is completely unacceptable. This has only happened recently and I cannot understand it as I have not been altering any settings. I would be grateful to receive your advice.

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  • janey42 Mar 31, 2008

    When i print out my photo's they have too much red in them. I have done all the cleaning with the printer's maintenance tools, cleaning, deep cleaning, print head alignment, nozzle check and bottom plate cleaning but the photo still looks very red, can you help please, thanks
    Jane

  • ponymash Aug 12, 2008

    Strong red caste over all photos. very strong, cannot use photos.

  • skerr Aug 19, 2008

    I have developed the same problem. After months of satisfied use and without having made any changes, the colors in my photos are suddenly off. As a quick test, I tried using MS Word to create a document with a series of boxes which I then filled with different colors. Yellows, greens, reds and black all printed as they showed on the screen. Blues all came out as purples. Ive run all the cleaning and alignment routines multiple times with no improvement.

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This red issue has been bugging me over the last week. I have now created over 50 A4 prints of my test file and it was after reading a post from Dan P that the answer came to me. I had been trying to correct the over saturated reds by reducing it in curves, levels and colour balance. Of course this was not the way to go, unless the image has an overall cast. The better method is to enter into Selective Colour within Photoshop and adjust just the red only. The values I have used are Cyan + 15 (this reduces the red), Magenta -5 (removes the remaining traces), Yellow +10 (removes the blue and warms up the skin again), Black -15 (lifts the image). Save the settings and reload them on future images. Create an action and use one of your Function keys to apply the Selective Colours. Incorporate the print command within the same action, this way you can be certain that the selective colour will be applied each time you print. This may not be the ideal solution, but for me it will do for the time being, until Canon come up with a new profile. I expect to make colour adjustments on most images and this is just one of those steps.
Colour Cast - 8500_06.jpg ink.jpg Use the Selective colour adjustment - it works The ink levels after 55 A4 prints - I don't think so final-test.jpg final-reels.jpg As near perfect as I can get it Reels are now spot on Note: The above solution is a work-a-round which cures the excess red, once you apply the Selective Colour adjustment the screen image will not look right. The adjustment is applied to correct the printed version. Like so many things digital (and analog) you have to make adjustments to suit your own preferences. The strong vivid colours produced by the ip8500 will appeal to some, others may want to tweak their settings.
As a final note, I have just looked at the ink levels after 55 A4 prints and wow, this printer only uses the light Cyan and Magenta, the rest of the colours are all unused. I don't think so somehow. Canon, I think this does indicate that you have a problem with the driver and have another look at the profiles while you are fixing that.
Would I buy this printer?
Given that creating a new profile is not a major problem and I am sure a new one will follow very shortly, then yes I would buy it. Using Photoshop I have managed to correct the colours to suit my taste, however, some may like the bolder colours out of the box. The ip8500 features and image quality makes this printer stand out from the competition.
Price - £329
Pros:
Excellent photographic print quality
Lots of useful features
Speed
Separate ink tanks
Compact design

Cons:
The PictBridge port can't be used to transfer images to a computer
Colour needs to be sorted out
Black plastic case that reminds me of a cats coffin.

Print quality 85* Features 97 Ease of use 97 Design 96 Value 95 Rating 94 - highly recommended
* Note that this mark is for image quality and colour quality
www.canon.co.uk

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Have you tried switching from Auto color to Manual? I find the ip8500 does weird things with purples and reds (purples are too pink, reds are too orange) Changing the color settings manually does help.

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This may be due to blocked nozzles on either the Cyan or Yellow nozzles, I would try running the print head cleaning utility.

hopefully that should clear it up

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