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Prints are coming out very dark

Discussion in 'Roland' started by trimitbyrich, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. I have a Roland SP 540V and wrap a lot off stuff with it.Using Photoshop, we have been incorporating a lot of photos in our stuff but the prints come out very dark in comparison to what I see on the screen. I even print them out on a desktop printer first to show the customer a proof and it looks perfect. I realize I just need to make some adjustments to it prior to printing but just wondering what I need to adjust or how far to save myself some time.
     
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  2. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    Unless you are running a calibrated system... and you aren't... that is a huge mistake. Your colors on a cheap desktop printer are NOT going to match the profiled prints on a Roland.

    It sound like you need to calibrate your monitor to your printer. Big time. You can hire someone to do it for you, or invest in a system and do it yourself. But your first mistake in this is expecting the color to match your monitor OR an inkjet proof without that calibration.
     
  3. Sabre

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    In addition to the calibration suggestion (which I also am in need of), you may have some luck playing with your profiles until you find something you're happy with. What media are you using?
     
  4. I do not think profiles are an issue. I use Arlon 6000 and the calendered wrap vinyl profile which looks great. I would have to believe the calibration would be the issue. What system would I need to calibrate it?
     
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  6. Checkers

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    Two things...

    1) Your monitor's color temperature settings - varies by monitor but ~5000k is good
    2) color calibration - if you use Photoshop you may already have it installed

    The i1 system or similar should produce better/more accurate results though.

    Checkers
     
  7. How exactly does that work? Not really sure how to do that.
     
  8. I just figured out the monitor, yes, that worked. But how could I adjust it in photoshop to match even closer?
     
  9. DRamm76

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    I agree 100% with all the monitor calibration advice given above. You may also want to try downloading a free copy of Prep Edge Pro from Onyx when it comes to color matching. The newest program is really something special. Check it out here.

    VIEW A FREE DEMO HERE!

    http://www.onyxgfx.com/flash/pep/high/?clip=Prep+Edge+Demo
     
  10. Checkers

    Checkers Very Active Member

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    Duh, I forgot to mention that Adobe's monitor calibration is Adobe Gamma.
    Assuming you're running windows, you should find it installed in the windows control panel.

    Checkers
     
  11. dolce05

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    save your money and purchase a monitor with ips (in plane switching) <spelling?? anyway google monitor ips and calibration and you will learn alot fast.
     
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  13. Bigdawg

    Bigdawg Just Me

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    So worth the money Marc. I have a new computer system coming in next week that I have to profile from beginning to end... the roland, the monitor and I'm even going to go for profiling the Epson proof printer, dammit I want things to match!
     
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