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Re: [opensuse] Discrepancy colors screen/printer
On 02/10/11 16:41, Haro de Grauw wrote:

>> Is there a method to eliminate/reduce the discrepancies between the colors I see on my screen and the results on printed paper?
>> Tia
>> Andre den Oudsten
> The printer and the screen use different methods to display colors, therefor not all the colors that you can see on the screen can be produced by your printer. A perfect fit between printer and screen is not possible.
> Anyway, there are methods to adjust the way colors are displayed/printed with color profiles.
> I'm not familiar with their use, but if you ask google for "color profile", "ICC profile", "color management" you should get the needed information.

** adjusting monitor-side **

Most monitors these days allow colour calibrating. You access this by using the buttons on the monitor itself, there is usually a "colour" menu somewhere. Simply adjust until it matches your printout.

Adjustments can also be made at software level. In KDE, open "System Settings", then under "Hardware" click "Display and Monitor", then select "Gamma", and pick "RGB Scale" from the drop-down menu. Something similar probably exists in Gnome.

** adjusting printer-side **

Try the "Advanced" or "Properties" tab when printing (the name depends on the application you are printing from). The settings you see there will depend on the specific printer you have; mine shows options to adjust Red, Green, Blue, Contrast, Saturation, and Brightness (Brother DCP-9045CDN).

Good luck!


The first thing to keep in mind is that what you see on the screen of a monitor is colour which is being displayed by light from BEHIND the coloured image as in, say, a LCD monitor.

On the other hand, what you see as colour on a print is colour from REFLECTED light. Not only will such light be affected by the type of light (sunlight, a tungsten globe, or fluorescent light) but also the surface on which the colour has been deposited by the printer.

There are some very sophisticated and very expensive applications available which attempt to match what you see on the monitor to what you get on a print, but the simplest thing to do is to keep the above in mind and adjust the printer settings to what you expect to see as the REFLECTED image on a print. (Glossy prints, for example, give you a different colour compared to those printed on other surfaced paper.)


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