Picture Printing Problem

  Steinmanstorm 14:27 12 Sep 2005
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I'm not sure why but just recently all pics now print out far darker than shown on screen. Lexmark Z35 printer being used. I'm not after mega-high quality photo prints, just a fair representation of what I see on screen.
Windows XP & printing with the "photo" setting.
Thoughts anyone?

  Diodorus Siculus 14:38 12 Sep 2005

Are you using a different ink?

  Steinmanstorm 14:40 12 Sep 2005

Nope. Using genuine Lexmark ink too!

  steven_frost 14:44 12 Sep 2005

their could be a number of reasons for this
one
your moniter
if its not been calirbrated then you wont get a printout of what you see on the screen

two
XP
i have had this same problem and i belive it to be a fault within xp.

three
your camera

have you changed it at all or any of the setting as this may cause a problem.

four
printer ink
if your using cheap ink then it wont works so well

five
paper setting
try changing them to photo paper this may help

if you have photoshop or something like it try printing out from that your more likley to get a far better print from this.

if you need any more adivce please feel free to email me i'll be happy to answer any question

  Wak 16:33 12 Sep 2005

I have a Lexmark printer and find that it prints darker when the paper setting is on Photo/Glossy.
Try setting it to Plain Paper but still use the glossy type and it may print a bit lighter.

  jack 19:49 12 Sep 2005

The problem has many reasons.
First and foremost as far as home printing is concerned aprint will never match screen exactly because of the technical differences to do with
the positive clours of a screen and the complementary colours and reflected image on paper.
IN conrol panel you will see the Adobe screen calibration tool -do that.
Do use a reasonable image editing software.
click here is a freeby to try.
If you are using photo glossy paper set the paper type to 'Inkjet transparency'[this uses less ink also]
A lot also depends on thr brightness and quality of the light in which the prints are viewed.
This is only a starter for a very complex topic.

  woodchip 19:57 12 Sep 2005

Have you tried altering the Brightness and Contract controls in printer Properties before you print

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