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Bad prints from Lightroom or Elements

 
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Jan 02, 2013 12:21 |  #1

I have a question of all printer experts out there. I have a Canon Pixma printer.

It does not print good copies at all when I try to print out of Lightroom, or out of Elements. All my photos attempted to print through either of these programs are horrible, with poor colors and appear washed out.

Not at all like appear in the programs. I can however take that same print, open it up in Windows and print straight out of the Windows program and the prints are fantastic. I am getting better prints than any of the processers I have tried printing them that way.

Any clue as to why my prints would not be good printing out of the Adobe products?


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Jan 02, 2013 13:27 |  #2

Have you turned off the printer's handling of the colors? In the setup you should choose "let Photoshop/Elements/Lig​htroom) manage the colors. Not doing so will cause the two engines to battle each other, usually with bad results.




  
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Jan 02, 2013 14:05 |  #3

ducklabdad wrote in post #15435266 (external link)
It does not print good copies at all when I try to print out of Lightroom, or out of Elements. All my photos attempted to print through either of these programs are horrible, with poor colors and appear washed out.

Have you read the beginner's guide to printing sticky above?


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Jan 02, 2013 18:25 |  #4

Guilty on both counts!! Will research further, thanks for the feedback for sure.


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Jan 02, 2013 18:42 |  #5

I'll break from the "conventional" advice: to start with, make sure that Lightroom and Elements are NOT managing color, and that the printer IS. That way you should get the same results you've been seeing in your "regular" Windows print software.

From there, you will wade into the field of Color Management, which aims for an "accurate match" between your monitor and your print. But that is a bit of a "journey". For a quick print, I really don't mind having the printer driver handling things!


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