View Full Version : Matching Colours from Screen to Printer

24-05-2002, 09:45 PM
I have an epson 480 prntr, ATI rage series onboard graphics 'card', what looks grouse on screen looks like *#$$#@! when printed.I can't get printed colours, contrast etc to match the display. I usually waste a bunch of photo paper trying to get a scanned photo to look half decent. Any thoughts?? TIA

24-05-2002, 11:31 PM
I have a similar problem with my ATI Rage Pro card in my laptop, when i create a bmp file on the laptop and then view it on my desktop often the colours are different... It has something to do with the way that a graphics card tells the screen what colour to display, and i guess the printer does the same thing... You can change this by going to CONTROL panel and select display, settings, advance and then colour management, you can add and set as default different colour profiles - XP comes with about 10... it may work or may not.. it didn't make any difference for the laptop...

25-05-2002, 04:03 PM
This is an age-old problem.

You see, displays use light to create the colours on your screen. Theywork by mixing combinations of red, green and blue (RGB) to make all of the colous you see.

Printers on the other hand use ink instead. Usually printers use mixtures of four colours of ink - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Balck (CMYK). Also, mixing all of the colours of ink will give black whereas mixing all of the colours of light gives white! Confused - don't worry you don't need to understand why to get you colours right.

The first trick is to tell you graphics editing program to display colours as CMYK. This way they will look closer to the printed version on the screen. (Usually the comp tries to match theRGB colours to the nearest CMYK equivalent, but that isn't always the same).

The second trick (impossible with photos) is to stick to basic colours if possible. You screen may be able to display millions of colours, but your printer has limited skills at reproducing them.

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That wil get you started.