Do You Need to Make Your Own Printer Profiles?

Do you need to make your own printer profiles?
Probably not, if you’re using a printer manufacturer’s standard papers.
Yes, if you’re using 3rd party or exotic substrates or inks.
Is it hard?
No! This video highlights several easy solutions.
Learn more on my DVD Fine Art Digital Printing.
Learn even more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops series.


  • Boosy

    02.03.2010 at 12:15 Reply

    Thanks for this video!
    Was wondering if having these printer profiles are necessary for home use? I’m having trouble with printing colour accuracy as my photos are sRGB but they print out quite dark and over-saturated, and when I change it to Adobe RGB in photoshop the preview image onscreen becomes very Saturated.
    Any tips would be welcome!

  • johnpaulcaponigro

    02.03.2010 at 15:37 Reply

    Hi Boosy!
    If your image darkens on screen you assigned a profile rather than converting to profile. Don’t assign profiles, convert to profiles. But there’s no reason to do this now, because you’ve already lost gamut going down to sRGB and won’t gain it going up to Adobe. Keep it in sRGB. The only other option is to go back to your Raw file and reconvert to Adobe or ProPhoto.
    Dark prints could be a viewing light that’s too low.
    Or it could be a monitor that’s too bright, most LCDs.
    Or it could be the printer driver overinking, classic.
    Or worse, all of the above.
    Try eliminating the variables one at a time.
    Remember you’ll find a lot more on this in my free downloads and in my DVDs and workshops.
    Best wishes,
    John Paul

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