Monitor and printer colours

  Munchkin 20:43 04 Jan 2007

Why does my printer spit out a print which does not in any way resemble what I am looking at on my monitor. The printed result is usually much darker and less "punchy" than the image displayed on the monitor.

  Hertz Van Rentyl 20:57 04 Jan 2007

The monitor colours are made up of either glowing phosphors or pixels, ink on paper cannot duplicate this effect. If you use a higher quality paper with a coating of clay on it the ink bleeding effect of plain paper will be reduced and also the brighter undercoat will give a brighter colour. There are colour profiles available for printers but I have never gone down that avenue.

  Totally-braindead 21:42 04 Jan 2007

Agree with Hertz Van Rentyl only thing I have tried is different quality papers and different printer settings and I'm happy enough with the results but its not identical to what you get on the screen.

  Woolwell 21:55 04 Jan 2007

Monitors use RGB to display colours, printers use CMYK. This article helps explain:
click here

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