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March 14th, 2010
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Some day my prints will come...


...out right.

There are a couple of competitions coming up at WPS, one for projected images and one for prints. I can't enter the same images in both so I thought I'd better have a go at printing some potential entries. Initial results have been disappointing. Bottom left and centre are both tight crops and have jpeg artefacts evident at this size and resolution, but they'll be fine as projected images. The moon is a pretty picture of the moon, but I've lost contrast in the hills below. Top centre just looks grubby in the print. The shell works, and I think Daedalus (he's too hesitant to be Icarus) can be persuaded to work, but has come out too dark this time, probably because my monitor is a) of poor quality and b) was set too bright for the ambient light when I was preparing the image.

In other annoyances, Spotlight, a large warehouse-like craft store notable mostly for abysmal customer service and ultra low staff levels and morale has decided not to provide small bags for purchases, ostensibly to save the planet. You can have a large plastic bag, or no bag. This is a store that sells loose buttons, beads, trim and ribbon by the metre, embroidery threads, and any number of other items that are either easily lost or need to be kept clean. Damn right, I'm going to take a large bag over no bag at all, but I'd much prefer a small paper bag to either.

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From:madshutterbug
Date:March 14th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
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Have you calibrated your monitor? This is a process to help match what you see on the monitor with what will print (I'm pretty sure you're familiar with it). Involves some software and a 'puck' which is a USB device you set on your monitor screen while running the software. I use 'Huey' from Pantone, primarily because it is a gift from a friend and muse.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 14th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
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I'm famioliar with the idea but not with the process - how do you actually do it?
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From:madshutterbug
Date:March 14th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
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Process is essentially the same regardless of application used (and there are several).

This link is my Google response based on 'monitor calibration'.
http://www.google.com/webhp?tab=mw#hl=en&source=hp&q=monitor+calibration&aq=0&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=monitor&fp=22b4dcbb1403dc0f

Pantone huey is the one I've been gifted.

Don't hit me: load software, plug 'puck' into USB port, run application following application specific instructions.

Depending on the system, the results are then a 'colour space' which you may load into your image manipulation software (and I believe GIMP does this). With that colour space loaded, what you get as prints should match what you saw on the monitor. If it matches a RGB setting fairly closely, once your TIF files are ready to deliver to your printer, specify the colours should not be manipulated.

Also, not being snobbish as I use the format extensively to exclusively for web publication, yet I do not print to hardcopy from JPG. TIF or PSD (photoshop) are my print standards.
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From:yo_sarrian
Date:March 15th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
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2 things. The first is monitor calibration. The second is printer profile. Check both of those.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 15th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
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There's a problem right there - I'm outsourcing my printing. I think I might have to have a talk with the women at Colin Kirk photographic and see if they can help.
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From:yo_sarrian
Date:March 15th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
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A lot of places can send you their printing profile, which you can install and work to that. They should be able to walk you through it.
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