Correcting a Colour Cast

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by yapiddy, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. yapiddy macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2006
    Hi. I have a Mac, a canon 300D and a canon printer. All the images are coming out with a magenta colour cast. Does anyone have some good ideas as to how to correct this?
  2. seenew macrumors 68000


    Dec 1, 2005
    Sounds like you're low on ink. Check in your printer utitilities. If that's not it, use the printer utilities to clean the heads.
  3. yapiddy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2006
    Colour cast

    Thanks, but this is a new printer and the colour's only weird when I'm printing out photos - things from word docs are fine. I've tried printing out from iPhoto and Photoshop CS and it's all the same. The photos look washed out and somewhat magenta.:( When I take them to labs, they seem to print out OK. I'd love any further ideas you can come up with!
    :). Oh and I've just run a test doc and the nozzles are clean.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Note that many labs will color correct your pictures automagically, so it could be your photos...

    Magenta shifts seem far more common on older Epson printers. A friend has had a bear of a time getting everything calibrated just right to get prints from his Epson scanner, monitor and printer to match...

    Then again you're on a Mac so color profiles, etc. aren't quite as random as on Windows... :p

  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    If it was me, I'd create a new document with neutral grey colour bars (e.g. RGB 128, 128, 128) without a colour profile in it and print it first to see if it is your pix or not. If that comes out fine, then it's something in your images.

    Also, in Photoshop, try ditching any colour profiles in a copy of one of the images, see if that helps.

    And check if it does the same thing with a CMYK image rather than an RGB image.

    If not, then it's something in the page-setup/print dialogue boxes... check you're using the right printer software or printer description and check all the colour and paper settings
  6. yapiddy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2006
    This sounds like a good idea. However, how do you remove the colour profiles - I thought one was automatically assigned to all colour images? I've tried going back to the default in CS, but so sad, no luck. I'd really appreciate more info if possible.
  7. FritzTheWonderM macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2003
    Planet 10
  8. user23 macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2006

    image > mode > assign profile > Don't Color Manage This Document

    have you calibrated your monitor in any way? Could be a source of problem for you.

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