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Old Jun 13, 2005, 12:13 PM   #1
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I can't get the colors to calibrate on my Canon iPixma 4000. Right now flesh tones (Caucasian) are really pink, and browns are yellow and blues are bright blue.

Any help would be appreciated.

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I just wanna print my pics from my new 20D
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Old Jun 13, 2005, 1:08 PM   #2
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Have you run a nozzle check? Are you using the standard profile that came with the printer? Your cyan, yellow, magenta, black and intensity should read zero under the current settings on the profile tab to be set up standard.

If the nozzle checks and the profile is the standard I would guess there is something wrong with the output to the printer. I send to my iP4000 from Photoshop using Adobe RGB as my color space and the color balance is good.

It sounds like your color shifts are too large to be caused by an improperly calibrated monitor, but you could try calibrating it. Tell us about your workflow between the camera and printer.

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Old Jun 14, 2005, 11:16 AM   #3
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Running it CMYK out of photoshop. Both of my monitors are calibrated properly. Could this be b/c I'm on a MAC?

Nozzle check was okay.
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Old Jun 14, 2005, 12:00 PM   #4
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Inkjet printers aren't set up to take CYMK – that is for professional printing houses. Use Adobe RGB and you will probably be fine.

Edit: Maybe the Mac has a CYMK to RGB conversion built into the print spooler. I'm not that familiar and giving PC information which might not be right for the Mac. I would still try Adobe RGB.





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Old Jun 21, 2005, 11:45 PM   #5
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:? OMG, let me spell that, OH MY GOD, you spent all that money on a EOS Digital 20D Canon Camera and got a Canon IP40004 color printer?!?!?!? I don't understand. At a minimum, you should have purchased an ip6000d with six color printing, or the Canon ip5000, with one pico litre droplet and 9600x2400 dpi!You have the BEST digital SLR on the market and really should be using the Canon ip8500 or the i9900 wide format 8 EIGHT color printer. This really makes the use of your camera's 8 mega pixel CMOS sensor, and it quoted to produce colors as good as developing positive film in a dark room. The 4000 is not a bad printer, just would be okay for people with a beginner camera, 3-4 mega pixels.
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Old Jun 22, 2005, 10:27 PM   #6
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:? OMG, let me spell that, OH MY GOD, you spent all that money on a EOS Digital 20D Canon Camera and got a Canon IP40004 color printer?!?!?!? I don't understand.
That's nothing. Experimenting with pin hole landscape photography I took my 28mp quad pass scans and printed them on a 9pin color dot matrix printer. The results were less than stellar but then I got a 24pin dot matrix printer the results were amazing. Looked nothing like the image, but given I had a sub gig hard drive, 8 bit video, and 12 inch paper white monitor this was an improvement to my digital imaging system. You could see green blobs, blue blobs, and white blobs. My only other option was the HP 560c or a $700 BJC-600 which to be fair didn't do much of a better job. Mine at least impact mixed the ink to a degree. It wasn't mine and it wasn't easy transporting 100+meg files at the time so I didn't get many prints from that time.

The moral of the story is you work with what you got. Easy enough to understand.
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:? My bad. I just read this reply and noticed it wasn't even from "tiffyanne". I wasn't implying anything against what she got, but wanted to point out that hopefully she will want to upgrade, noting how good of a digital SLR she has.
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Old Jun 30, 2005, 3:42 PM   #8
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Hubby bought me the printer about 6 months before the camera. I just replaced the ink tanks because they were out and it looks like *&(*(&*. Is the problem with the driver on the mac? I have to reinstall the driver every time I want to recalibrate the colors because I can't find it on my hard drive.This is driving me insane. Hubby went overboard buying me the 20D - don't get me wrong I love it, but I don't use it to the fullest. It looks like the picture is missing magenta
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Hubby bought me the printer about 6 months before the camera. I just replaced the ink tanks because they were out and it looks like *&(*(&*. Is the problem with the driver on the mac? I have to reinstall the driver every time I want to recalibrate the colors because I can't find it on my hard drive.This is driving me insane. Hubby went overboard buying me the 20D - don't get me wrong I love it, but I don't use it to the fullest.
I know the feeling. The problem I believe in Canon's wisdom is they offer two modes on the printer. Punchy which is normal for photo paper, and vivid, which is like punchy times 2. Normal paper mode might bi-pass the punch but i'm still experimenting. Punchy to me seems seems like the same form of adjustment one would make when dealing with a Fuji negative when the subject is a caucasian... add warmth to compensate for the dominated blues which tends to make caucasians look like ghosts. I was just recently doing a print of a slovic women who's skin is rather fair... and wow... she somehow managed to get the most excelent mediterranean tan dispite spending all her time in Warsaw and London. It looked brillent, and one could say realistic... if it wasn't for the fact people who grow up near the Baltic tend to not have tans.

To help your sanity... you could print direct from your 20D without the mac. this should help to isolate whether these colors are comming from your driver or from the printer's default settgins (punchy / vivid). The Front port on the printer is for camera direct (pictbridge) printing. If this is still an issue, share what paper you're using.... that should help narrow down what base adjustments one needs to take away the extra punch.

Depending where you live... many places offer digital printing as low as 29c per 4x6, and their printers are going to be a little bit better than your consumer one, no offence.

Will upload a couple of images to see if what you're talking about is what i'm talking about. Printing pending



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Old Jun 30, 2005, 6:35 PM   #10
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Righto

Printers mp760 (much like your ip4000) and HP950 (just for contrast it was handy)
Paper canon glossy paper plus
Scanner mp760
Camera: OM-1 stock 50mm 1.8 lens
Medium: Scanned negative 3360x2224 (interpluated)

Hypothesis: Use of direct printing from camera (or in this case a card) would produce a different effect than printing using the drivers.

Used EZ photo print
MMC memory card

illistration scanned 75dpi for screen viewing

{origional lower left}

Observed results. The subject is a contrast between faided paint, moss, and ice. Auto correction was turned off... shifted the forground tward the green to be more true to the origional scene. The direct print is hard to tell from the software photo print under indoor light, but under natural light the photo print apears heavier in the blue and lack a certain green quality, likely substuted by elements of magenta... where the direct print.

Conclusion... there is a slight difference between card direct printing and using ez photo print.

Not sure if this will help you out on your mac, wanted to test this hypothesis.
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