Thursday, July 17, 2008

Printing Photos

Printing Photos

the river with low water during the summer

It takes me a lot time to compose and process my images.

I have to have things just right - like waiting for the wind to stop blowing the flower around that I am concentrating on, or waiting a few more minutes until the clouds, that are blocking my light, move away from the sun.

Then comes the processing on the computer which can be even more time consuming.

I always thought the printing part was the easiest, until I started reading about color management and printer profiles and calibrations. I tried to align all the programs and drivers with the right color profiles so the flow-through would all be consistent

I cannot tell you how much ink and photo paper I went through with my photo printer while doing this.

The colors always seemed to be off to me - didn't matter what expensive photo paper or inks I tried - the results were the same.

I decided to try some compatible ink at cheap prices for computer printers that I found online, and the results were pretty much the same. I found no print difference with the generic cartridges - wish I had discovered them earlier!

I also picked up some tips for saving ink while printing. They were a most welcome find.

I read that cleaning the print heads may help clear up printing problems, but that didn't seem to help my color problems either.

I kept fiddling around with the different profiles and configurations for the printer until I could get a decent print - for home use only.

Any gifts or sales that I do I have them printed professionally - and it is certainly worth every penny - they are gorgeous - especially the larger sized ones.


  1. I know exactly what you're talking about when it comes to printing. What I discovered is that I get the best results when I print from Photoshop and choose the setting where Photoshop controls the color management. Doing that, I get results closer to what I'm seeing on my laptop screen.

  2. Hey Kathy beautiful image, thanks for the tips, I never seem to get what I want out of my printer, I'll try some of your suggestions, but for sure you are right, I have found an awesome photoshop that does excellent printing, highly trained staff.

  3. How I wish I also know how you do those photo enhancements... truth be told, I just print what I took. Too bad I don't know how to do photoshop!


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