With all respect it sounds a bit chaotic, either this message or your workflow or both.
First of all: do you calibrate the screen manually or with a spectro- or colorimeter ?
There will not be a good match between the Photoshop normal display even on a calibrated monitor. Both the monitor and the print have their specific gamuts and the ICC profile assigned image will adapt to both specific gamuts.
There will be a far better match between the image displayed in Photoshop in Softproof mode on a calibrated monitor and the print displayed in a suitably lightened viewing box.
Are you printing through the EFI Rip or from Photoshop?
met vriendelijke groeten, Ernst Dinkla
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First, I should say I'm a raw beginner, and everything I know about photography or printmaking has been picked up in bits and pieces on the www. or in 3 books and the printer and camera's manuals.
I'd like to learn more in a way that leads me to a solid skill set I could use pursuing marvelous illustrations.
I simply love chasing images of my local wildlife. Now I have a way to show my friends and family what I see on my walks. I hike between 5 and 10 miles and capture usually at least 1 or 2 really pretty cool exposures.
I also brave ticks and deer attacks, bobcats that think my dog may be an easy meal, owls that aim their puke, bees wasps and hornets, and the latest threat to my wonderful pursuit, other people...
Chaotic is an excellent description of my workflow.
I print from photoshop.
I was printing using printer managed color.
Now I'm using photoshop.
I have a calibration tool- i1display2 with updated software.
I calibrate once a week.
I use the north american pre-press preset in cs4ps. (adobe1998 as working space)
I use perceptual rendering, black point compensation, choose the correct printer/paper in all the different application windows, and then print.
I've seen the difference in my prints under excellent light as opposed to the current lighting in my studio.
That's not really what I'm talking about here.
There is a marked difference between the printer utility preview which is usually very close to the final print,
and the screen shot in photoshop that I send to the printer.
I'm able to manipulate the photoshop file and tweek the colors etc. but I'm not yet able to print out the final rendering according to what I see.
Thank you again, and I am very grateful for the help.