A&P Question concerning printing

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  1. Jenny Jenn

    Jenny Jenn New Member

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    I just recently had some photos printed from an online service (winkflash) and they all came out a bit darker than they were supposed to be. They were all digital.

    Is this normal?
     
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    FryingPan Certified Thread Killer

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    Lot of variables here- from printer calibration, drivers, inks, monitor settings, etc. If I'm having my stuff printed, I take it down to a local shop, that way you're not stuck with prints you're not happy with.
     
  3. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    a picture that i had walmart print came out a little darker than the digital picture. walmart doesnt make you buy them if you dont like them
     
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    For the most part they will come out slightly darker in print. I believe it has to do with the way colors work on monitors versus printers (additive/subtractive lighting and what not).
     
  5. Jenny Jenn

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    Yeah, I will probably do that next time. I mean, the ones I had printed out aren't terrible. If someone that had never seen them before would look at them, they probably wouldn't notice as much as I would.
     
  6. Jenny Jenn

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    I don't shop at walmart but I will keep that in mind that going to somewhere near me would be better than the internet services.
     
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    Its due to the conversion from rgb to cmyk....monitors work in rgb and need to have a light source to illumnate pixels...cmyk doesnt need light to be visible and when the rgb that your camera takes goes to a cmyk conversion the colors can often change depending on your monitor calibration....hopefully that isnt confusing...but printing inks are see-thru its prints in layers of cyan yellow, magenta and black ink so when it switches to cmyk it can come out funky if your monitor is calibrated wrong
     
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    It makes sense. Thanks!
     
  9. Cobber

    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    Use the print you have to adjust your monitor ... if your monitor has user settings (like gaming, video, and photoediting) then make a profile that you can use just for photo editing. That way WYSIWYG. Makes printing a lot less stress full.

    I have dual monitors and I have the second set up as my editing monitor ... it has the correct settings for WYSIWYG.
     
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    Kriddaw More than meets the eye.

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    Yeah, calibrate your monitor, I use WHCC and they do free test prints to see if your monitor is calibrated to there printers, my prints always come out looking like they do on my screen.
     
  11. Jenny Jenn

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    I tried it, I don't really know if I did it right :noes:

    Do you have a mac and could help me out to what the settings should be?
     
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    is this a 'i'm too good for walmart' thing?
     
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    Cobber Wanna touch my bunny hole?

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    I don't have a mac ... all the settins should be on your monitor. Thoes are the only ones I adjusted
     
  14. Jenny Jenn

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    No, not really. It's just too far away.
     
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    gotcha...i get amazing 8x10 prints from the local sam's club and i think they use the same machines as wal-mart
     
  16. Jenny Jenn

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    We don't have those near me either... haha. But, theres a Costco, which is the same thing really, maybe they have good services there.
     

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