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Old 07-17-2007, 01:38 PM
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Print Output-SO Frustrated!

I'm restoring a black and white photo for a friend. When I print it out, it has a pinkish/purplish hue to it. I have calibrated my monitor and I'm using the correct profile for my Canon i9900 printer. I've turned off color management for the printer and am letting Photoshop do it. I'm at wits end. I don't want to just play with the color cast until the printed picture comes out better. ANY suggestions would be appreciated. I'm so tired of reading about color management.
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:44 PM
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Re: Print Output-SO Frustrated!

is it an RGB file or is it grayscale?
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:52 PM
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Re: Print Output-SO Frustrated!

Well, it's RGB now. I started out using just the blue channel and restored that then changed the file to RGB so I could add a sepia color blending mode.
Is that the problem? Should I just try to fix it in RGB mode and not discard the green and red channels?
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:55 PM
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Re: Print Output-SO Frustrated!

before printing>>>>image>adjust>hue/saturation, slide the sat. scale all the way down.

IF still no go, you are having profile mismatch problems.

EDIT: sorry, just saw you wanted a sepia cast to it.....set it up as a duotone image and add your sepia that way

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Old 07-17-2007, 02:29 PM
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Re: Print Output-SO Frustrated!

what profile does the file currently have?
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Old 07-17-2007, 02:35 PM
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Re: Print Output-SO Frustrated!

Right now it's RGB. I went back to a different saved copy I had when it was still grayscale and tried duotone but that didn't help either. I can start all over again. This is all a big learning process for me anyway.
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:02 PM
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Re: Print Output-SO Frustrated!

I just tried "Printer Manages Color" and that got rid of the pinkish hue. I saw that somewhere in all my searching. I'm gonna keep playing with that.
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:13 PM
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Re: Print Output-SO Frustrated!

It sounds like you were double-profiling, with both the printer and Photoshop applying a profile on printing. You can have one or the other apply a profile, but not both (and hopefully not neither). It's tough, because every printer driver is different, so there's no easy recipe to determine how things are set up (and no way for Photoshop to know, it trusts you).

I'd suggest the Andrew Rodney book on color management. It's not a fun topic to learn, but it is an essential topic to master for good Photoshop printing.
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:23 AM
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Re: Print Output-SO Frustrated!

this is a printing issue and not a restoration issue, so i'm moving it to the approrpriate forum.
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Old 07-18-2007, 06:30 AM
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Re: Print Output-SO Frustrated!

When I'm getting ready to print and the windows XP dialogue box pops up...I right click my printer (Canon i9900) and hit properties...go to color management....should I keep that on auto or go to manual and put a profile in ? If I do it manually, what profile should I input? One for the paper, Adobe RGB, or something else?
We can go to the moon, there must be an easier way to print something accurately.
Thanks for letting me vent.
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