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Color issues with pixma pro 100.

 I use the printer for both photo and photo based graphics.  The graphics use PS 4 manipulated photo images which I use for business cards, letterheads, cards for displaying earrings, etc.  It is these images that are giving me problems.  What I see on my iF281D monitor isn't even in the ball park of what the printer gives me.  For most images I print on Inkpress Duo Matte 80.  I have tried many, many possible solutions to no avail.  Any ideas???

 

Thanks in advance.

 

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Re: Color issues with pixma pro 100.

I will try .......................

First, you must not let the printer set anything.  Turn off every bit off control it has.  You can do this with the Canon My Printer under the Printer Settings tab.  Do you know how?  I will guess, yes, for now but if you don't get back to me.

 

Second, you need to have your photo editor (like Photoshop) handle all the settings and color matching.  You know how to do this? I prefer Photoshop and I use AdobeRGB color space.

 

And lastly, it is essential you get some settings on your monitor that somewhat matches what the printer is printing.  Your printer may be doing exactly what you are telling it to do and you have no idea it is, because your monitor is so far off.  If you don't do this step, you can forget the other steps.  However, there are only a few things that you need to be concerned with. You don't need any fancy extra add-ins to do this.  No additional software or gadgets, etc. No spiders or monkeys!

 

1 Most people set their monitors too bright.

 

2 You must get the gray-scale very close.

 

 

3 You need to get the brightness very close and you need the contrast very close.

 

After you do these things you can make adjustments to your prints by just looking at your screen.  Because you know the monitor and printer are on the same level.  One more point, you can NOT get a printer to print every color exactly the way you saw it.  It isn't possible as all colors and adjustments effect all others.  My goal is to get the skin tones right.  That is what people notice most. Remember you are dealing with two different disciplines here. One is colored light and the other is colored dyes.  They are not the same thing.

 

For instance, I know my Pro-100 tends to print darker than what I see on the monitor (typical).  So, I automatically know to set it's prints 1/2 stop brighter in Photoshop, in my case.  It also prints with a slightly warn tone.  Most of the time, with portraits, especially, this if OK but sometimes it is not.  In that case I adjust the "temp" setting slightly cooler in PS.

 

All the Canon photo printers I have ever seen have this warm/magenta cast.  Canon engineers must prefer this look.  It can not be changed.  You need to "fix" it in post.

 

Make sure you have the correct ICC profiles and you are using Canon brand ink and paper until you get good with the printer.  Very, very important, otherwise you don't know if the printer is doing exactly what you are telling it to or not.

 

Important is, use the USB connection until everything is right.  You are just adding another issue when you try to set up the printing and the wireless all at the same time.  Just like using Canon branded products until it is a go.  Use a real printer USB cable.  Not just any old USB cable. Get everything right before you explore.

 

 

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Registered: ‎11-13-2012

Re: Color issues with pixma pro 100.

Which computer OS are you using?

 

In addition to everything ebiggs1 said, here are two resources to review:

 

http://www.outbackphoto.com/printinginsights/pi049/essay.html

 

Inkpress site doesn't list your printer, but 9000 is closest model, so I would start with Matte Photo Paper as paper option.

 

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John Hoffman
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