Loc: Clarksburg, Maryland
|Posted: 2/17/2013 6:57:08 PM|I'm not sure if this is the best board for my question but I would like to start printing my photos at home, but I can't seem to get a decent print.
I'm not sure if it's my computer, or my printer, but whenever I print a photo it always prints way darker than it looks on my computer screen. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I might be doing wrong?
Thanks in advance
|Posted: 2/17/2013 7:58:37 PM|
This is kind of a hard question because it will depend on a lot of things such as whether or not your monitor is calibrated, what printer you have, what software you use for editing, etc.
I have an Epson printer and have found if I add a levels layer on top of my photo after I edit it in Photoshop, I get a much better print. My prints are dark otherwise, even with a calibrated monitor. For my printer I edit the photo so it looks correct on screen, then add an additional levels adjustment layer, drag the right side of the levels graph in about 3/8 to a 1/2 inch and then move the middle slider just a smidge to the right. I also let the printer manage the color rather than Photoshop. This works almost every time for my printer. The main reason I do it this way is this lets me use the correctly edited photo by quickly deleting the last levels layer if I want to post it online, send it in an email, or use it in a slideshow. If I edited the photos for the printer, they would be too light for online purposes. HTH
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|Posted: 2/17/2013 8:46:52 PM|
Because monitors are backlit things on screen look brighter than they do in a non back lit format such as print. A calibration device helps. Lacking that, hold a print up next to the monitor and adjust the brightness level of the monitor so the screen and print are a somewhat closer match. Most people have their screen brightness turned up pretty high. That makes your edit look bright even when it isn't.
Loc: Clarksburg, Maryland
|Posted: 2/17/2013 10:34:46 PM|
Thank you so much for both of your replies! Both were really helpful. Now I just have to figure out whether or not it's worth the effort to do it myself! LOL
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Loc: North Carolina
|Posted: 2/18/2013 6:11:29 AM|
I agree with Volt backlit monitors are not the same as opaque photo paper! You can try adjusting the brightness on your monitor or lighten the image more than on the screen.
I have learned, before I print, I lighten a little - makes a difference!
Loc: Erie, PA
|Posted: 2/18/2013 7:17:17 AM|
I have found its just not worth it to me. I am a perfectionist and really feel I would waste so much in paper and ink. I use several labs and really satisfied with what I get back.
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|Posted: 2/18/2013 7:38:29 AM|I print at home for my own scrapbook use if I need something fast, but I do not think you could really get consistant prints for clients. Maybe I am the one wrong, but with labs so cheap I use other than home for my clients. just my opinion
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|Posted: 2/18/2013 3:33:19 PM|
To save ink, especially if I'm printing a big photo like 13x19 size, I do a temporary crop to 4x6 size and print a small print first. Helps to see what adjustments I need to make before I print at a larger size. Sometimes the ratios are not the same so part of the big photo is cropped off when I crop to 4x6, but it is worth checking to see if it comes out overall. It is important to use the same settings and same type of paper as what will be used with the final print though.
Loc: Oakland, CA
|Posted: 2/24/2013 5:18:58 PM|I print all of my pictures at home because I'm a control-freak
When I got my new printer, I printed a single picture using a bunch of different settings on the printer until I got a default setting that I think best approximated what I wanted. Yes, I could calibrate, but I'm too lazy for that. Chatting with someone who had the same printer, she experienced pictures printing too dark so she actually lightens all her photos before printing.