Printing My Pictures

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  1. stewart28

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    Hi

    Now that I have got into photography I am looking into printing my pictures.

    I have a HP c5180 multi-function but when I print out anything using either the hp software or Lightroom it comes out really dark.

    can anyone offer any advice.
     
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    Is your monitor calibrated and are you using the correct HP paper?
     
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    Yes and Yes.
     
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    What about the calibration of the printer as it's common to both programs.
     
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    How do I do that?
     
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    Hold your horses. :)

    Print the sample images, it will show whether the printer is the problem or not.

    Use the HP software, do you select the paper type in there? Do you select the actual paper product name rather than just generic photo paper?

    I use a Canon, so am not familiar with the HP software. In the Canon software you can specify the actual name of the Canon paper you are using.

    Are your cartridges genuine HP?
     
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    Ok

    I select the correct paper

    No
     
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    Assuming you have done cleaning and nozzle checks, if the sample prints properly then your non-genuine cartridges on HP paper are fine and the monitor calibration is the likely culprit.

    If the sample prints do not print properly, then it isn't your monitor. Try again with genuine HP cartridges on genuine HP paper using the HP software to select the HP paper type.

    Keep your images and LR out of the equation until you have got good results from the sample image. Of course don't edit the sample prints, just print them as is! :)

    It may also be worth checking that you have the current version of the printer driver and HP software.
     
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    I will try sample prints tonight an see how i get on.I also calibrated my laptop screen last night.

    thanks for the assistance
     
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    It is also likely your monitor is too bright. Look for 90-100 cd/M2
     
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    PS if you are using an icc profile for your printer and inks and still finding a difference with softproofing then there is an additional brightness/contrast adjustment in LR4 in the print menu. When your happy you can save the settings for a chosen paper as a template
     
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    Your monitor is too bright. Adjust the brightness so whites look the same brightness to white paper in whatever print view conditions you have. Keep the monitor at this brightness.

    A good starting point is 120cd/m2.

    Your calibration process should let you make sure your monitor is set to the correct brightness value that you have determined above.
     

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