Printer Calibration without a spectrophotometer

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    KD750
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    Following Vincent’s advice I returned the SpyderX for a Colormunki display and using DisplayCal my old Samsung Syncmaster 2443BW now looks a lot more accurate (I plan to get a new monitor down the line for photo processing and relegate the Sammy to being a 2nd monitor).

    I have a Canon Pixma iP8750 printer and some Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss (SG-201), in Lightroom  I used the Canon ip8700 series SG2/LU2 profile in soft proofing and in the printer settings I select Photo Printing and the aforementioned paper as the media type.

    The results are pleasing, however they do not totally match the monitor, I’m no expert but the prints are a little darker (expected I suppose as paper does not have it’s own light source) and the colour seems more intense on the paper also.

    Is there a way to calibrate the printer with my current equipment so monitor and printer match better? I have never done this before, I have googled, but am left a bit flummoxed by what I have found.

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    #18433

    Florian Höch
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    You have several options:

    • Borrow a spectrometer from someone or somewhere (some photo accessory shops offer rentals)
    • Use a printer profiling service (usually you have to print out a set of patches on the paper(s) you want to profile and send it to them, then get a profile back)
    • Live with the default printer profiles
    #18439

    Vincent
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    • Use a printer profiling service (usually you have to print out a set of patches on the paper(s) you want to profile and send it to them, then get a profile back)

    Worth it, about 40euro fo some basic-mid profiling.

    Free option… apply a curve “from 128 to 142” in GIMP/PS, then print (rising mid tone brightness). Undo that curve or do not save that to file, it is just for printing.
    But I would use Florian’s advice.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 11 months ago by Vincent.
    #18441

    KD750
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    Thank you both very much for your help.

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