Color management & your printer
November 15, 2011 § 6 Comments
One of the topics we recently covered in my photography class is color management & printing. Probably everyone who has ever tried to print out a photo on your printer at home as struggled with this. We learned a couple of tips that I thought might be of interest to many of you. And an additional tip that I learned from printing test photos at my local office store.
In your camera menu…
~ Change the color mode to Adobe RGB. I have a Nikon and it is in the Optimize Image menu > Custom > Color Mode
In your printer properties…
~ Change the color management to Adobe RGB. This covers the largest color range possible in your home printer.
~ Turn off the automatic photo fix feature.
~ Also, if your printer tends to print darker than what you think the original looks like, you can lighten the photo in your imaging software to adjust for this.
~ Print using “Best” quality.
~ Print on card stock. Or try different photo papers. My printer does a horrible job on the cheap photo paper from the office supply store.
Following these guidelines my less than adequate printer is now doing a fairly acceptable job of printing. I think if I was wanting a good quality framed print I would still take it to a professional print shop. But for my every day use the printing has improved dramatically.
Above are my prints for our last assignment before the final assignment that needs to be presented next week. In this assignment we had to shoot a self portrait where we were in the photo, a self-portrait where we were NOT in the photo, and something that conveyed the emotion “lonely”.
I hope you find these tips helpful!