I’ve been struggling to get decent prints out of my HP Photosmart c309 off and on for a year now (mostly off due to frustration), and finally decided to ask for help. Help! My prints all have a horrible color cast to them!
My environment is an HP Pavilion laptop (dv4) running Vista. The laptop display is not calibrated or profiled. I use DPP and sometimes Gimp for editing. My photos on screen look okay, especially after I do custom white balancing. I’m making 4x6 prints using HP Advanced Photo Paper. I just want the prints to come *close* to the display (and real life). I’m not after ultimate print quality; but I should be able to get something decent from this setup. I’ve been through most of Rene’s links, searched many threads in this forum, and visited a variety of other sites trying to educate myself on color management. It’s much tougher than I ever imagined.
Based on all the test images, my display can’t be that far off. I can see all the shades of black and shades of white in all the test images. Easily. The gray blocks all look neutral. I downloaded the test image from this site(http://www.jirvana.com …rEvaluationImage_V002.zip) and it looks fine on screen. When I print it, it actually looks very good. Much better than my prints. There’s just a slight orange cast to it compared to the display. I’d be thrilled if prints of my photos matched as closely.
For a long time the prints of my photos had a terrible yellowish cast to them, from whatever application I used to print – DPP, ZoomBrowser, Gimp, Windows Photo Gallery… The paper type is chosen correctly, there are printer .icc files loaded, and the Color management was set to ColorSmart/sRGB.
After a bunch of reading, I decided to try having DPP do the color management of the print. I switched from ColorSmart/sRGB to “Application Managed Colors” in the printer dialog and changed the Printing Profile in the Color Management tab of DPP Preferences.
Much better! Now the sickly yellow cast is gone, but it’s been replaced by a not-as-severe orange cast. Still not acceptable though. Also, I just figured out how to use Gimp to soft proof pictures using that same printer profile. It really doesn’t make that big of a difference when I toggle the "Color Proof" Color Display Filter though.
Btw, I sent some of the photos to a local Meijer as a check during the “yellow phase.” They had the same yellow cast. Of course when I looked behind the counter they were also using an HP PhotoSmart printer – just a bigger one.
For some example photos, look in this thread https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php?t=1119414.
I’ve had the Spyder3 Pro in and out of my Amazon cart several times; but if I don’t have to spend that $120 I’d be happier. Again, I’m not looking for ultimate professional results; but I don’t want to be embarrassed when showing prints of my photos either. If I’m going to get crappy results when sending them out I need to know what to change too.
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help. These forums are such a tremendous resource.