I'm trying to work out a way for me to get a colour print that matches what I see on my screen and according to my printer software if I use the ICM option that uses the inherent WinXP profile, but I also know that Photoshop contains profiles, there should be profiles for the monitor and so on.
Any idea where I can find an idiot's guide to Profiles?
(My os is WinXP the monitor is a generically supported Taxan Ergovision 975, and the printer is a Canon i850)
I doubt whether you will get any print to match what you see on your monitor. Everybody's eyes are different. You may like a dark screen and others may like a bright screen, the printer doesn't know that. If you have Photoshop you could try using Adobe Gamma which should be in Control Panel or on your Desktop.
It's quite difficult to find a setting for your monitor that would give consistent results, although the screen colours remain as set, the way you see them can vary considerably depending on the ambient lighting and whether there is bright sunshine, a cloudy day or at night, the range of variation is so much that professionals use a windowless room with artificial lighting to ensure consistency.