Photos print better in Windows than OS X ?

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  1. Drum macrumors newbie

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    My photos seem to have a much lower resolution when printed from my Mac than they do when printed from my old PC. I use a HP Photosmart 1215 for both machines and tried printing the same photo using Photoshop (8 on the PC, 9 on the Mac). The drivers are up to date on both machines but the quality of the photo from the Mac is, well, not good enough to show anyone. The PC version is great.

    I tried the comparison after printing out on iPhoto and being less than pleased with the results.

    Anyone have any notion what might cause this or, even better, what I can do about it? PC runs Windows XP, Mac runs OS 10.4.2
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    Your PC is most likely using Adobe Gamma for an ICC profile. Your Mac is most likely using some generic RGB profile.
     
  3. Drum thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Photos print better in Windows than OS X ?

    Thanks. I was hoping to solve this without going back to college! Is that a setting that can be changed?
     
  4. BrandonSi macrumors regular

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    I don't think an ICC profile issue is going to cause resolution problems. What program are you printing from on your windows PC? Have you tried others besides iPhoto on the mac? See if Adobe lets you download a demo of photoshop elements and print from there.
     
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    Well it begs the question, is it really resolution? Is it blurry?
     
  6. BrandonSi macrumors regular

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    I agree, I was just going on what he said in his first post. Guess we need some more info :)
     
  7. Drum thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Photos print better in Windows than OS X ?

    No it's not blurry. The photos print out with dots visible in the shading and textures (like newspaper photos - well maybe not quite that bad, but you get the idea).

    As I said in the original post I have also printed out using Photoshop on both the PC and the Mac, with the same inferior result on the Mac :(
     
  8. Bear macrumors G3

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    It sounds like you have a print settings issue. Or you copied a lower resolution version of the picture over to the Mac.

    I'm getting great prints from my Mac.

    Settings issue: Print DPI? Print Mode(Draft, Text, Photo or whatever they're called in the HP driver.)? etc
     
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  10. Drum thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. That's worth checking out, although the problem occurs sending direct to the printer. I think it has to be a driver problem, but it's proving tricky to solve!
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I too have a similar issue but I know it is a profile issue that I haven't even addressed. Just in case I try to address it and fail, do you have a little more advice on what to look at? From a professional such as you, the information would surely be gold.
     

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