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SELPHY printing too dark

Photos look fine in iPhoto but when I print to the ES1, they come out too dark.  And they print fine on another printer.  Can anyone help?

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  • Damy May 11, 2008

    The only work around I found unitl now, is editing the picture and make them more bright. But, what a shame that you have to edit a picture which doesn't need editing. So any other suggestions are welcome..

  • Neilabc Jun 28, 2008

    Hi - I have the same problem. Have tried adjusting the brightness and Contract on the printer settings , but didn't make any difference.

  • mfkap Nov 09, 2008

    Same problem here, have to make the pictures look too bright just so they print decently

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    Same problem with mine. Prints come out too dark.

  • hitomiie Jan 26, 2009

    same problem, really frustating

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I have some experience with color profiles, after trying to fix this problem by changing the profiles in Photoshop, letting the printer manage color, leting PS to do so, and every possible thing.... I found that increasing brightness, and 2 points of saturation on the printer dialog pretty much prints what you see on the iPhoto screen. I have the Selphy 740 not the ES1, but might be the same....  SELPHY printing too dark - abee9c5.gif

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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I use iphoto and am working on a newer generation iMac. Here are the settings that are giving me the best results:
Saturation -1 Brightness +3 Contrast -2
Hue: R 0 G 0 or -1 B -1 or -2
Every monitor is different and even the lighting that you view your monitor in can influence the perceived color, but these settings have made me decide to keep the Selphy and not return it and spend more on a different option. If these settings don't work for you, sacrifice a pack of paper and play with these color setting til you find what works. I had to futz a lot before I found these settings that work for me and I'm a graphic designer who deals in color issues every day.
One suggestion -- as you try different settings, take notes and jot down the setting on the edge of the print so that, as you try 4 or 5 different variations, you'll be able to visually remember what works and what doesn't. Good luck!

Posted on Dec 05, 2009

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If printing sttaight from camera try knocking off my colours on the printer settings or from pc, preferences lighten the brightnes tab one click. If printing from Elements Levels midtone marker to about 27.
full photoshop change the 80% &20% down 10% in the Transfer menu it will need a test. Also make sure the printer profile is on LAB .

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

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You are right Akabrooke- have the same problem of photos too dark. but photos have far better balance of light and dark if printed straight from SD card rather than through my mac. Annoying though as got it for xmas and was hoping to print out a whole back log of photos on from my mac. Now will have to just make sure that in the future I print straight from SD card.

Posted on Dec 30, 2009

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Hi! I do not use ES1 but I own a selphy CP-780. For the longest time, I've been trying to tweak the brightness, contrast and saturation settings to make the prints appear as they do on iphoto. They do help a little but it never looks like it does on iphoto. However, when the prints always turn out perfect when I print directly from the SD card. Hope that helps!

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