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Old Dec 17, 2011, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Printing color correction

Hi all

Apologies if this has been already covered off in other areas of these forums.

I am pretty new to digital SLR photography and printing, but have a whole bunch of pictures on disk I would like to print out.

Here is the hardware and software I am using

OS: Windows 7 x64
Printer: Canon IP4000
Printer Driver: Windows 7 supplied with Canon Add-on module.
Inks: Genuine Canon
Paper: HP Glossy photo paper (6x4)
Images taken with a Canon Ixus 65 point and shoot.

The images look good on screen and are representative of where they were taken. However, when I print, the colours are more than a little out, dark and yet washed out. There are no clean whites.

I have been searching the internet and find many references to color management profiles in Windows 7, but, my installation has a whole bunch of profiles reported which don't really seem to make an awful lot of sense to me.

I am simply using the "Print Photo" wizard from Windows 7 - this upgrade was recent from Windows XP and I can say that printing from Windows XP never gave me these problems. I an only assume that Windows 7 is somehow re-interpreting the colours, but they are so wildly out that I am curious as to how this would be.

I have wasted 15 sheets of paper and the ink to go with simply adjusting the colour management from the printing preferences. It seemt to make very little difference. Best I have been able to do is lighten the image up somewhat.

As I am concious of the costs of inks and such, I decided I would ask here to see if I can get some experienced advice for this. Previously with Windows XP it seemed to literally work with everything at default - any help appreciated.


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Old Jan 4, 2012, 6:41 AM   #2
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I hope you have solved your problem by now. If not, then you may want to go onto Canon's website and download an add-on driver for Windows 7OS compatibility.

This link will help explain:

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Old Jan 4, 2012, 7:09 AM   #3
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Before you start worrying about the printer, make sure your screen is calibrated. Just because the screen looks good doesn't mean it is right. You won't stand a chance if your screen isn't really displaying what the picture is really like.

Just google 'display calibration' for sites with online tools for helping you calibrate your monitor.
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