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Old Feb 6, 2004, 3:54 PM   #1
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I've recently started using PS7 & when I go to edit a photo, I end up having to lighten the photo quite a bit. To the point that on the picture looks like I raised the Brightness & Contrast all the way up. But when I save the pictures the pic looks good. Any reason why this is happening? Same goes for when I go to print pictures on my R300. It's pretty frustrating. Because I have to guess how much to brighten an image so the end results looks good. Is it some setting that's off? Please Help.
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Old Feb 6, 2004, 4:45 PM   #2
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Sounds like a color-management issue. When you say lighten the photo, is that so your print isn't too dark? Do you use color management (i.e. is your monitor calibrated, do you use printer profiles for the paper you use) or are you tweaking the print until it looks good on your monitor then letting your printer control the output? Are all your photos too dark? How about in other image viewing programs, still too dark?
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I loaded the color profile that came with the printer. You if I adjust the photo to where it looks good on the screen, but the printout comes out dark. Same goes for when I save the Picture. When worked on in PS7 it looks one way & it may look good, but when I save it & use Windows Picture Viewer to see the picture It always looks darker. I am wondering if it has something to do with the Profile that shipped with the Printer. I calibrated the monitor using Adobe Gamma. I know its not the greatest.
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Same goes for when I save the Picture. When worked on in PS7 it looks one way & it may look good, but when I save it & use Windows Picture Viewer to see the picture It always looks darker
Well, I was going to blame your Adobe Gamma adjustment (as that's subjective to your background lighting and your visual perceptions), but that comment above doesn't make sense. If you used Adobe Gamma to set your monitor profile, that would be the same regardless of which program you're running to view the pictures. Unless you have it set to view in soft-proofing mode in PS 7 and your selection of softproof is something other than your monitor or printer profile. Check that. Other than that, I don't have any ideas at the moment. Sorry.
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One thing I can definitely state is that Epson printers have a tendency to print darker than what you see on the screen. As a temporary fix for that side of things, take careful note of just what the percentage of lightening it is that you require for a good print, then use that one consistently.

I've noticed very, very slight differences in how colors and brightness appear in various programs. It's slight enough that it may be more a matter of the color of the background and, therefore, only a perceived difference, not a real one.

However, your problem seems a bit more severe, and I haven't a clue as to why it's there.
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