JD1476 wrote in post #5148170
I've been having trouble with printing out what I shoot . I don't know if its the printer settings , the paper, or my resolution. I use Canon Digital Photo Professional to adjust most of my pictures. Then when it come time to print At first I was using 500 dpi which I thought was ok ( thinking higher dpi the bester the output ). Then I started reading some posts on the net & dropped it to 300 dpi & still looks a little off & isn't getting the look I want. I'm using an HP 3 in 1 photo printer & every day photo paper glossy. What can I do to make the prints look more natural, (I shoot with a Canon XT & 30D camera)?
I doubt "calibrating" is your problem at this stage. Calibrating is typically an issue when you get to color critical levels. Sounds like you're still trying to find the ballpark.
Understand this, printing can tend to be a bit of a black art until you find a winning combination of settings and paper.
There are some set-up steps you should run through via your printers manual. Make sure you follow those... cleaning, head alignment etc. And, by all means, use their ink.. not refills or off brands.
Also, buy the paper they recommend.
Now, DON'T edit a photo. Take one out of the camera and print it.
What I'm trying to do here is get you to begin with baseline / default settings. You need to know that your starting right according to "the book."
Inkjet printers should do fine at 144 ppi.
If you follow all the BASIC set up and settings, you should get a decent result.
From there, start making your changes, but only change ONE THING at a time. Monitor what that change does. DO NOT change two or three things at once. You won't know which change as been effective or screwed things up.
You need to create your process. Start basic... adjust.. find a set of settings you like and work from there. You can't be all over the place with your printer settings. You'll never get it right.
If you decide to try another brand of paper... be prepared for a change... and a possible change in your settings to get what you like.
I don't know about editing in Canon's software, but if you continue to use it, see if there is a "printer profile" (which is a color profile) for your printer. Also, check in your print settings if there is a "Paper profile" for the type of paper you're using.
This will all take a bit of work... but, as I said, it's something you'll do once and find your baseline. If you plan on doing a lot of printing, it will be well worth your while (and hairline) to get it right.
Honestly, I don't do it anymore. I find labs do a much better job... even Costco or Walmart can pretty much nail it at a far less cost (after you calculate your time, paper, ink and throw-aways) than doing it at home.
All the best,