I love my HP z3100 printer, but I am still frustrated with prints coming out too dark. The problem seems worse with Photoshop CS4.
I have loaded the latest drivers and firmware from HP - Windows XP still (waiting for windows 7)
I manage my monitor calibration with eye one display 2.
I use the very easy printer calibration in HP z3100 for different papers.
I use setttings - let photoshop manage color in both photoshop and in the driver options (in windows under printer properties)
I know the brightness on LCD's is much greater than printers - but I am frustrated with getting "what you see is what you get" on the printer.
Has anyone figured out an easy fix. Currently I just keep adjusting brightness and keep re-printing until it looks right, but I wonder if anyone has an easier method that does not waste as much paper - I mostly use HP Professional satin.
Is there a standard tweak or modification in Photoshop that can be made that makes the lcd image match the print?
Has anyone found a RIP solution that works better for HP z3100?
I was hoping the colorbyte http://www.colorbytesoftware.com/IP_prod_sheet.htm
would come out with one but everytime I check - I see that they have not got a product out.
Apologies if this has already been discussed - I could not find it in the search
You need to have a known and consistent viewing illuminatin before you can judge whether your prints are "too dark" compared with the monitor, and the image that you compare on the monitor is a softproofed version of the file. The advice to set the monitor luminance to 100 cd/m2 misses the point that that is actually well below what the monitors are designed to handle, and will produce other problems.
The simplest, but not cheapest, way to go is to get a print viewer that is set at 5000K and has its level of illumination set to replicate visually the lumunance you see on the monitor. Without a means of standardizing your monitor/print viewing situation you have no idea whether the monitor is too bright or dark, or the prints are too bright or dark.
If you have a specific final viewing situation in mind, such as at a specific gallery, you can set up your print viewer to mimic that situation. But in most cases, at least having the softproofed display image match the print in the viewer is easy to set up.
You can go with solex bulbs, but again, you will have to adjust the height of the bulbs to your print in order to approximate the leght levels as seen on your monitor. In my opinion, the easiest and quite accurate way to go is with either a Just Normlict or GTI print viewer with adjustable intensity.