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Old Sep 2, 2006, 9:10 PM   #1
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I assumed that a printer profile was specific to a printer/ink/paper combination, and did not depend on the software used to print. My recent experience suggests otherwise.
I use Paint Shop Pro X as my photo editor and usually use it to print photographs on my Canon Pixma iP5000, using Canon ink and Kirkland paper. I recently bought Qimage, based on recommendations in various forums, and have been using it for printing. This is what I have found.
If I use the same printer profile e.g. Canon PR1, to print the same test print on the same paper with the same ink, the results are different using PSP X and Qimage. The PSP X print is much yellower - skin tones are quite yellow and reds come out as orange. The Qimage print is much better and very close to my Samsung monitor.
Before anyone asks, I am not double profiling - ICM is turned OFF in the printer driver settings in both cases, and all colour settings are at zero. The settings in the printer driver are identical for both prints. Also the colour management settings in each program are correct; the same printer profile is chosen in each.
My monitor has not been "professionally" calibrated, but it has been set up to show what I consider to be natural skin tones, and colours that are true (reds are reds, greens are green etc.). I have used some free calibration tools to do this. The monitor is not the problem anyway - I get different looking prints using the same printer profile with different software.
I have read most of the Tech Corner articles about colour management and printer profiles and have checked, double checked, and even triple checked the various settings under colour management in both programs. I believe that they are set up correctly.
Has anyone else tried to do what I have done - same profile/printer/ink/paper/test print with different software? What have you found? Maybe my initial assumption is incorrect, but if it is that makes printer profiles extremely limited.
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