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Old Apr 10, 2006, 12:42 PM   #1
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I have a brand new Canon Pixma IP5200. I am getting fantastic 8x10 prints--they are sharp, detailed, and the colors right on. But my 4x6 prints are not nearly as sharp and detailed, and have a slightly more yellow color. I havent tried to fix the color balance because anyway the prints simply are not sharp! They look like they have had a slight soft-focus filter applied.I am using 4x6 Canon Pro glossy paper. My 8x10 is matte.It doesnt make sense to me that this could account for the difference in quality, since the 4x6 paper I am using I know is the best Canon paper! Every other setting is exactly the same, and the problem exists whether I choose the default "Best" setting, or the Q1 highest-quality setting. Does anyone have any idea why I am getting such a big difference in quality? :?
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Try making a 4 x 6 print on the 8 x 10 paper and see what the sharpness is like.
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Old Apr 13, 2006, 7:42 AM   #3
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I use the ip5000 and imagine the 5200 the same, if so.. try going into Canon printing preferances clicking manual colour box, click set and then adjusting intensity slider to +10 to see what happens, you could try also the ICM box, just 'might' add a little zip.

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I made a 4x6 print on the 8x10 paper, thanks to KnightCrawler's suggestion, and it matches the color and sharpness of the 8x10! Apparently, the matte paper prints are coming out much better than the Canon Photo Pro Glossy prints! I am amazed that this would make such a difference, and especially that the less expensive paper turns out better prints! THank s for you and Davy's help. :-)
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I made a 4x6 print on the 8x10 paper, thanks to KnightCrawler's suggestion, and it matches the color and sharpness of the 8x10! Apparently, the matte paper prints are coming out much better than the Canon Photo Pro Glossy prints! I am amazed that this would make such a difference, and especially that the less expensive paper turns out better prints! THank s for you and Davy's help. :-)

What 8 x 10 paper are you using ?
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 11:36 AM   #6
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I'm using Canon Matte Photo Paper. The two glossy papers I tried were Canon Photo Pro and Canon Photo Plus. I am using the Photo Pro driver setting on all three papers because that is the only way to select the best quality 1-picoliter resolution.
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I have worked out my problems with the glossy prints. Although they first appeared too soft and yellow, after a lot of scrutiny, I realized that they are actually containing more detail, and the colors are actually more accurate. I think the matte prints looked better to my untrained eye because of there being much more white in the photos, creating a kind of illusion of brightness, but the white is not true to life. The whites were actually too white and the black drowned out detail.Now I am using using the Canon Photo Paper Pro with the highest quaility custom setting for the best prints. The white is not as white, but it looks like it does in real life (i.e. a white wall in a room lit with incandescent lighting), and the blacks are actually now much richer, while showing more detail. The matte prints pale by comparison. I also see the advantage of using the right paper settings--if using matte paper, they will look better at the "#2" setting with "Matte paper" selected than they will with the "#1" setting and "Photo Paper Pro" selected.
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