The colors in the image on my monitor do not match the output from my printer. What's wrong?
Your monitor and the printer use different technologies to represent colors, so your printed colors can't match your screen colors exactly. Try increasing your monitor's color palette to view a greater range of colors, and then try the following:
- Make sure the paper type or media type setting matches the paper you loaded.
- Make sure your Windows or Macintosh OS X 10.5 or 10.3 to 10.4 printer software is not set to use Black/Grayscale.
- Print a nozzle check pattern, if there are gaps in the lines, clean the print head nozzles.
- The ink cartridges may be old or low on ink, and you may need to replace them.
- Try turning off Fix Photo in Windows (on the Main tab) or Mac OS X 10.5.
- With Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 or Mac OS X 10.5 (in the Print Settings pop-up menu), try using Automatic mode.
- Try changing the Gamma setting in your Windows (to access the Gamma setting in Windows, click the Advanced tab, select Color Controls, and select Adobe RGB from the Color Mode drop down menu), Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 or Mac OS X 10.5 printer software.
- If you’re using color management in your application, try using the ICM (Windows) or ColorSync setting (Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 or Mac OS X 10.5 [in the Color Matching pop-up menu]).
- For best results, use genuine Epson ink and paper.
- After you print, the colors on your printout will take some time to set as the ink dries. During this time, the colors may look different than you expect. To reduce the drying time, avoid stacking your prints on top of each other.
- Make sure you’re using the latest driver version for the printer.
Published: August 20, 2008
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