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Fri, 21 October 2005 18:25 Go to next message
Amy (Photoshop begginer)
I am using Windows XP and Photoshop 6.0
I have scan some color photographs using the HP 5200C scanner.
I use Photoshop to crop some outdoor pictures.
But when I tried to print the pictures using the Canon i860 printer, the
printout is dull and darker compare to the original.

How do I print bright and colorful pictures? Thank you.
Fri, 21 October 2005 23:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
noone (Photoshop expert)
In article <sVd6f.6871$Zv5.6686@newssvr25.news.prodigy.net>, 2001jgy.no@spam.
yahoo.com says...
>
>I am using Windows XP and Photoshop 6.0
>I have scan some color photographs using the HP 5200C scanner.
>I use Photoshop to crop some outdoor pictures.
>But when I tried to print the pictures using the Canon i860 printer, the
>printout is dull and darker compare to the original.
>
>How do I print bright and colorful pictures? Thank you.

Response: to make sure that what you see at every step of the process, and
yours is classic, scanned image to monitor to printer to paper, you must first
calibrate your system. The process is a bit long, and involves EVERY step of
your process. I'd start with a Google.Groups search for "calibration" and
start looking at the suggestions. Add terms such as "scanner," "monitor," etc.
and you will start getting some ideas.

At the least, you must calibrate your monitor, then add in your printer (ICC
profiles, paper, etc.), and then lastly work on your monitor's software.

You have a bit of reading and a half-dozen calibration wizards ahead of you,
but you *should* be able to get close without 3rd party hardware.

Sorry that there is not a quick, simple answer.

Hunt
Fri, 21 October 2005 23:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mike Russell (Photoshop expert)
> In article <sVd6f.6871$Zv5.6686@newssvr25.news.prodigy.net>,
> 2001jgy.no@spam.
> yahoo.com says...
>>
>>I am using Windows XP and Photoshop 6.0
>>I have scan some color photographs using the HP 5200C scanner.
>>I use Photoshop to crop some outdoor pictures.
>>But when I tried to print the pictures using the Canon i860 printer, the
>>printout is dull and darker compare to the original.
>>
>>How do I print bright and colorful pictures? Thank you.

Here are some things to try:

1) outside of Photoshop, set your printer driver to accept sRGB images.
2) set your working space to sRGB
3) open one of your images, and click yes when Photoshop asks whether you
want to convert to your working space. If Photoshop does not ask, do the
conversion manually.

Once this is working, there are additional refinements, but this procedure
is very likely get you set up with better looking prints.
--

Mike Russell
www.curvemeister.com
Sun, 23 October 2005 15:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Amy (Photoshop begginer)
OK, I already make the file as photoshop psd file.
Is there anyway I can make the content of these file's color brighter and
less dark when printed at the Canon i850 inkjet printer?

"Mike Russell" <RE-MOVEmike@Curvemeister.comRE-MOVE> wrote in message
news:aui6f.5105$BZ5.1229@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
> Here are some things to try:
>
> 1) outside of Photoshop, set your printer driver to accept sRGB images.
> 2) set your working space to sRGB
> 3) open one of your images, and click yes when Photoshop asks whether you
> want to convert to your working space. If Photoshop does not ask, do the
> conversion manually.
>
> Once this is working, there are additional refinements, but this procedure
> is very likely get you set up with better looking prints.
> --
>
> Mike Russell
> www.curvemeister.com
>
>
Sun, 23 October 2005 17:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Harry Limey (Photoshop expert)
"Amy" <2001jgy.no@spam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> printout is dull and darker compare to the original.
>
> How do I print bright and colorful pictures? Thank you.

Amy - are you saying the image you print is not as bright as the original
picture before it is scanned?

If so there are lots of things you can try to improve the image,
Try Levels - there are lots of tutorials on the net - this is the first I
came across
http://www.davrodigital.co.uk/tutorials/levels_files/levels. htm

Harry
Mon, 24 October 2005 10:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tacit[1] (Photoshop expert)
In article <7CR6f.7286$Zv5.7063@newssvr25.news.prodigy.net>,
"Amy" <2001jgy.no@spam.yahoo.com> wrote:

> OK, I already make the file as photoshop psd file.
> Is there anyway I can make the content of these file's color brighter and
> less dark when printed at the Canon i850 inkjet printer?

Yes. That's one of the things Photoshop is for.

Use the Image->Adjust->Levels or Image->Adjust->Curves command.

--
Art, photography, shareware, polyamory, literature, kink:
all at http://www.xeromag.com/franklin.html
Mon, 24 October 2005 15:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Amy (Photoshop begginer)
OK, thank you, this is nice. But I only have Photoshop 6.0.
The curve command does not show the histogram.
When I click the "auto" button, the picture gets even darker with higher
contract.
Any advise?

"Harry Limey" <harrylimey(at)Lycos.co.uk> wrote in message
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>
> "Amy" <2001jgy.no@spam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:sVd6f.6871$Zv5.6686@newssvr25.news.prodigy.net...
>
> > printout is dull and darker compare to the original.
> >
> > How do I print bright and colorful pictures? Thank you.
>
> Amy - are you saying the image you print is not as bright as the original
> picture before it is scanned?
>
> If so there are lots of things you can try to improve the image,
> Try Levels - there are lots of tutorials on the net - this is the first I
> came across
> http://www.davrodigital.co.uk/tutorials/levels_files/levels. htm
>
> Harry
>
>
Mon, 24 October 2005 17:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Harry Limey (Photoshop expert)
"Amy" <2001jgy.no@spam.yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:Eca7f.3729$D13.2817@newssvr11.news.prodigy.com...
> OK, thank you, this is nice. But I only have Photoshop 6.0.
> The curve command does not show the histogram.

Better read my message again!! I said Levels - not Curves!

Can I suggest you get a book on Basic Photoshop from the library, or you can
buy books on Photoshop 6 quite cheaply now! and it won't be wasted if you
upgrade to a newer version.
Mon, 24 October 2005 18:10 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mike Russell (Photoshop expert)
Another thing to try. Print from Internet Explorer, and see if the colors
are still dull. If they are brighter, this isolates the problem to your
printer setup.
--

Mike Russell
www.curvemeister.com
Mon, 24 October 2005 19:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Amy (Photoshop begginer)
OK, printed from IE, not much difference.
I think the image in Photoshop is dull and dark.
Not the printer.

"Mike Russell" <RE-MOVEmike@Curvemeister.comRE-MOVE> wrote in message
news:pZc7f.5614$BZ5.1698@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
> Another thing to try. Print from Internet Explorer, and see if the colors
> are still dull. If they are brighter, this isolates the problem to your
> printer setup.
> --
>
> Mike Russell
> www.curvemeister.com
>
>
Mon, 24 October 2005 20:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tacit[1] (Photoshop expert)
In article <Eca7f.3729$D13.2817@newssvr11.news.prodigy.com>,
"Amy" <2001jgy.no@spam.yahoo.com> wrote:

> OK, thank you, this is nice. But I only have Photoshop 6.0.
> The curve command does not show the histogram.
> When I click the "auto" button, the picture gets even darker with higher
> contract.

Don't use the Auto button. Instead, use Levels to get the light and dark
points where they should be, then use Curves to lighten the image and
increase contrast if necessary.

--
Art, photography, shareware, polyamory, literature, kink:
all at http://www.xeromag.com/franklin.html
Sat, 04 February 2006 00:24 Go to previous message
Randy (Photoshop begginer)
Amy wrote:
> I am using Windows XP and Photoshop 6.0
> I have scan some color photographs using the HP 5200C scanner.
> I use Photoshop to crop some outdoor pictures.
> But when I tried to print the pictures using the Canon i860 printer, the
> printout is dull and darker compare to the original.
>
> How do I print bright and colorful pictures? Thank you.
>
>
>
>
First is your monitor color balanced. Then use photo shop to adjust the
brightness of your images that seem dull Scanners are not the best
source of images but then you have to expect to make some adjustments.
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