Images can often look great on a monitor but don’t exactly print the same way, so you may try editing colours and reprinting to get what you see on screen… All sounding familiar? The following are extracts from the Permajet presentation and an explanation of the colour management process.
Have you tried to tweak thing around to get it looking right?
Take a close look at the images below, did you know that colour blindness is far more common amongst men than women. In this country 1 in 12 men and less than 1 in 200 women are colour blind. This is because the colour vision is encoded on the X sex chromosome. 99% of all colour blind people suffer from Red- Green colour blindness.
How can you get the correct print if your vision or monitor is out of true?
The first step in getting consistency is to calibrate the monitor. The process is relatively simple involving loading some software onto the computer and placing a sensor on the monitor then letting the software run the calibration. The whole process takes only a few minutes and will give you the chance to see the existing and revised calibration onscreen.
Once the monitor is calibrated the next step is to make sure the printer gives the correct output. Each paper type has a generic profile that can be loaded onto the computer. Whilst this should give reasonable results there will always be a variance in your printers manufacture that may cause you some difference. If this is the case then Permajet offer a custom calibration service.
Once you have downloaded the Adobe Colour Print utility this is available from Permajet.
It is important to TURN OFF your printer colour management so that there nothing affecting the print. The print needs to be on an A4 piece of paper of the same type you require the profile for. There are a couple of videos on youtube which will walk you through the process. The prints can be sent to Permajet who will produce a colour profile for your printer. Once you have the generic or custom profiles its important to make sure your software is set up correctly.
Then you need to install the profiles in the correct working area of your computer. Windows will extract the profiles from the desktop to the correct folder but on a Mac you will need to drag them into place.
Once the profiles are on your computer you just need to select the correct profile from the dropdown in the printer utility
So if you have done all that the prints should match the computer image. But remember that the monitor of your computer is backlight and the print is not so you will never get a perfect match if you put them side by side. But you should get accurate colours.
I have included a full copy of Permajets talk below, which also gives details of their papers.
If you need help with any of this contact firstname.lastname@example.org