The colors in the image on my monitor do not match the output from my printer. What is 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 your Windows, Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4, or Mac OS X 10.5 printer software is not set to print in Black/Grayscale.
- The print head nozzles may need cleaning.
- The ink cartridges may be old or low on ink, and you may need to replace them.
- Try turning off Fix Photo in the Windows or Mac OS X 10.5 printer software.
- With Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4 or Mac OS X 10.5, try using Automatic mode.
- Try changing the Gamma setting in your Windows, Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4, or Mac OS X 10.5 printer software.
- Your printed colors can never exactly match your on-screen colors. However, you can use a color management system to get as close as possible. Try using the ICM (Windows) or ColorSync (Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4) setting.
In Mac OS X 10.5, you can select ColorSync from 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.
Published: May 19, 2009
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