Matching my Canon prints to my Mac monitor... Help!

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  1. Petermanncolehill6

    Petermanncolehill6 New Member

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    I am new to this so need my hand holding. Could someone tell me parrot fashion what do I do so that my Apple laptop, Photoshop elements, Canon ip8750 and Pro Platinum paper combination produces prints that match my monitor. I have spent ages looking at complicated looking setup web sites and now just more confused than ever. Can someone please give me simple instructions before I go mad. I would be grateful.
     
  2. Brandon Redding

    Brandon Redding New Member

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    You may never get your print to match you Mac monitor simply because monitors display colors as RGB and printers print in CMYK. When converting RGB to CMYK it is not apples to apples. I know it is not the answer that you wanted, but it just doesn't work.
     
  3. Petermanncolehill6

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    Bit surprised at the total lack of help. I know that to match a print to a monitor exactly is not on but please someone give some basic help?
    please! or just give me a link to someone or something that will advise.. Thanks
     
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    You need to get a piece of software to calibrate your monitor to your print device (perhaps try what's mentioned above).
    However, like Brandon Mentioned, Some colors are simply out of the CMYK color gamut altogether, and simply will never be printed to match the screen and/or Pantone swatch
     
  6. Petermanncolehill6

    Petermanncolehill6 New Member

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    Maybe this will encourage some one to advise me. Please attached three print choices I have using Adobe elements and my Canon ip8750. Can someone tell me which ones do I choose? thanks.
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  7. Biggs

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    You don’t want your Adobe applications doing color management for you.
    The widest CMYK color gamut will be your GracoL selection. However the machine will need special calibration to see if it’s achieving the target color space or not. Your colorimetric rendering intent will freeze all in–gamut colors and bring out of gamut colors to the gamut’s threshold. Absolute will account for the papers white point.
     
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    Perhaps let’s see your file vs your output. Attach the file and your best possible photo of the output
     

  9. I.T. Supplies

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    Why don't you want the software to control colors? If you're using a ICC profile made for your media and inkset, you DO want it to control; otherwise, you don't have access to the profile.

    Using a canned profile is good, but if you want it to match as best as you can see from the screen (when it's calibrated to the best of the color management device), than you want to get a custom profile for better accuracy all together. This process can take some time on the proofing end since it's the CMYK process vs RGB which is a bit easier and more for photo/fine art printing.

    So even after you do the custom profile, you WILL want Adobe to do the color management so you can access the profile made for the printer ink and paper; otherwise, you're allowing the printer to manage it and that may not print properly nor will it give you access to the profile created for the paper.
     
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