03-02-2018 07:23 AM
If the Outback test image is coming out dark it sounds like something is wrong with the printer. If it’s a new printer can you return it? If not give Canon a call at 1-800-OK-CANON.
03-02-2018 07:40 AM
What I wound up doing last night was I cranked down the brightness on my monitor quite a bit. I just never had to do this with my Epson 1400, at least not that drastic. Thanks so much for your help. Steve
03-02-2018 07:42 AM
Just to confirm - when you opened the Outback test image you didn’t make any adjustments before you printed it? And your paper and media settings were confirmed?
03-02-2018 11:41 AM - edited 03-02-2018 11:49 AM
The objective is that the Outback image prints correctly and you adjust the monitor so that it looks like the Outback image. Then when you edit and adjust your own images on the computer the prinyed output should look like the monitor.
If the Outback image is too dark for your tastes it depends by how much. You can dial in a printer brightness adjustment till you get the Outback image to your liking and then adjust monitor to look ike the Outback image.
You can adjust printer settings in the driver and save as a preset; then call up the preset when you go to print. Its hard dealing in words to see exactly what the output looks like; I've always gotten feedback that the Outback image looks great and the problem is elsewhere.
03-02-2018 12:00 PM
Yes, the outback image does look correct. The problem lies in my monitor I've come to believe. I have an Epson printer, but need to get ink, but will let you know the results with that one. thanks for your help. Ink = $$$
03-02-2018 12:06 PM
Understand. If Outback is printing correct then printer is OK. Adjust monitor to look like Outback. Then adjust your image it look how you want. Then, when you print it it should look OK. I adjust my monitor to 80 cd/mm^2. Eyes quickly adjust. Plus I edit in a dim room.
03-02-2018 01:40 PM
I'm running an iMac 5K retina display and every time i printed an image through lightroom or Print Studio Pro the colour was good, but the image came out darker on the Pro100. I calibrated the monitor with a x-rite colormunki display and printed out the printer calibration image you refered to and the printed Image looked great.
I compared the printed calibration image with the same image on screen and confirmed the screen was way to bright. I then dropped the brightness of the display until it matched the brightness of the printed image and now they both look great, with perfect colours and equally as bright.
Dont underestimate how much you have to drop the displays brightness. Mine is now down to 1.6 squares. Tip for Mac users, when you adjust the brightness using the F1 & F2 keys, the brightness is adjusted in full squares, (full stops). Holding the Shift and Option key whilst adjusting the brightness (F1 & F2 keys) will allow you to adjust the brightness with a finer control in steps of about 1/3 square (1/3 stops)..
Hope this helps the Mac users out there.