Black & White Prints from Apple

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by oldguyfromnj, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. oldguyfromnj macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2009
    I am having a problem with prints ordered from Apple. I previously submitted several B&W images for printing and had no problems. The original negs were scanned as greyscale, and I have reduced the color saturation to zero in Aperture. The images look fine on my monitor, and I can produce totally greyscale prints on my inkjet printer.

    Recently, however, the prints ordered from Apple have been comming back with a reddish or sepia tone. I also sent some to another print vendor with the same result. Any ideas?

  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Is your monitor calibrated and how are you saving the files for upload to Apple and other print vendors?
  3. oldguyfromnj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2009
    My 30" Dell monitor has been calibrated using ColorMunki. The color prints I have received are completely satisfactory. As I stated, I set the color saturation control in Aperture all the way to the left before the images are submitted.

    As you are aware, Aperture does not modify the original "master" image, but creates additional data which is applied to the master when it is viewed or transmitted.
  4. NinjaMonkey macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2003
    I'm no expert but desaturating an image is not the best way to go about it. Have you used the monochrome mixer in Aperture?

    Also, have you tried sending the photos to a place like Mpix that actually uses paper specifically for b&w images?

    I've had some b&w photos printed by them on both their standard Kodak Endura paper and on the Ilford True B&W and on the Endura there is a slight red cast.

    I highly recommend Mpix they are a bit more expensive but the quality is fantastic.
  5. oldguyfromnj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2009
    Thanks, I will check that out and contact Mpix.

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