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05-15-2015 06:42 PM
Based on my experience, even on a well calibrated monitor, prints will always be darker compared to the screen. My monitors are set to 80 cd/m2. Monitors are calibrated using i1Profiler and print colors are very precise. Before printing a full 13x19, I always print a 4x7 sample to assess brightness.
On Photoshop I add a brightness/contrast adjustment layer and set its brightness to around 20. This value will vary on your cd/m2. If I set my monitors to 100 or 120 cd/m2, I would have to use a higher brightness value.
I have read that others use curves, but it is easier to set the same value over and over using brightness.
05-15-2015 09:15 PM
has a good article on printing and provides a link to a test image that looks like this:
My suggestion is to download the test image, open it in PS and print it without making any adjustments.
Use the test image to judge how the printer is doing; there is good guidance in the article.
If the test image is too dark you can adjust the printer output in PSP.
You can save the adjustments as a preset for each paper if you wish.
05-16-2015 04:56 AM
Dear jrhoffmann and tmorrell,
Many thanks for your great help.
Using the test image is very interesting indeed.
Actually it looks quite good. Enclosed my print on glossy II (profile and paper accordingly)... well, it does not mean much here since photo taken with iPhone... but just for illustration purposes. Eventually, I will end up doing very little tweaks on brightness... maybe just 10% in Canon PSP directly... very helpful as well by the way, thank you).
Just out of curiosity, the blacks on the bottom left, can you distinguish number 2 and 4 on your print or screen? (both, on my Printer AND on my screen I cannot make the difference... at least both are aligned *lol*... on my screen the difference between 2 and 4 only comes up when I increase the exposure by 2(!)...
Greetings from Paris
05-16-2015 08:13 AM