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Print Photographs on Minolta Magicolor 6100

I need to print photographic (jpg or tif) reference sheets (from Photoshop CS3) on my Magicolor 6100. Every setting I try produces very dark prints. Where can I find straightforward, non-expert information (my manuals haven't helped!) Can anyone point me to simple instructions please. Ralph

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  • ralph8 Feb 23, 2008

    Hi Mike

    many thanks for you response. I've just written a detailed reply but it's wasn't clear that it was successfuly sent! In case it didn't go here's a precis!

    I normally print photographs using an Epson 2100 which produces very accurate prints using a custom profile for each of the papers I use.

    I have a Minolta magicolor 6100 which is little used and is in very good condition and is normally used for black and white typographic layouts in which color is not an issue.

    I would like to use this machine to print the contact sheets which can be generated within Photoshop (CS3). These do not need to be such high quality. The 6100 has the advantage (when it prints properly!) of producing quicker and cheaper prints. However I find that the prints are very dark and do not show the full tonal range of the photos.

    The 6100 manuals are addressed more to technicians than to users and present a very large array of choices of print settings including automatic ones which I would expect to print much better results than I'm getting. None of the settings I've tried produce any disernable difference at all in the dark result they produce!

    Because the photo's have already been processed to optimum values within Adobe Bridge your suggestion that I should make lighten/darken changes within Photoshop would demand making additional copies and would not be an ideal workflow!

    I have made enquiries direct to Minolta (whose automated websites don't include this problem and therefore can't respond!) and haven't received any response.

    I think that the problem is probably a simple one which could be resolved by a regular user of the 6100 who is familiar with the range of settings of which the Minolta software is capable.

    Many thanks again for your response Mike

    Ralph




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Hi Ralph,
do you have any options within the printer or software program itself, to give you options to lighten-darken output ?
Or perhaps changing the resolution settings May Help You.
Also try to print a test page in printer preferences, to eliminate the printer itself.
Mike @ Compurepair.

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