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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Printer Test Strip

Here's the printer test strip I made to compare different printer and program settings. Numbering from left to right:
1. No Color Management (ICM setting) This one is over-saturated and too dark. Doesn't look like her. Oddly, several people liked this one best.
2. Photoshop Elements control (Adobe RGB Gamma 2.2) This has a much better skin tone, my favorite.
3. Printer Control (Adobe Vivid) This is pretty, but has a slight bluish cast.
4. Printer Control (Auto Enhance) This is slightly darker than #2, but acceptable.
5. Monitor adjusted to match #4. Too washed out.

PSEs color management tools were helpful, but I had to do a lot of cross-referencing to understand the terminology. Little by little it's beginning to sink in.

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Blogger Joyfulartist said...

(I deleted my first comment because of a misspelling). Getting your printer to print out the correct color is a challenge. I understand there are tricks to it but I haven't figured them out, yet. Some programs seem to be more true to life than others. I'm with you, I like #2 and #4.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Nita said...

There are so many variables it's hard to know where to begin. Years ago I used HP printers with HP and Kodak papers and I didn't fiddle with color management. But the inks weren't lightfast or water resistant and I couldn't buy individual color cartridges, so I switched to Epson printers. I like the Epsons much better. I think HP may have gone to individual pigmented inks, etc., but I'll stick with Epson.

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There are many good printers and printer systems. My posts refer to those I am familiar with. I'm sure there are forums that have usefulinformation on laser printers.

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