Printer Color Accuracy is way off

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by kitki83, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. kitki83 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I have a Canon Pixma iP4300

    I have been doing cleaning, and other test to increase accuracy but my printer is really off in color.

    Blood red/dark red come outs as salmon
    Green comes out like Lime green.
    Light Green as yellow
    Brown hmm orange brown
    Dark Brown is brown (still orange showing)
    all my grays are coming out way off
    Basically all grays print out as a muted primary color
    So Blue Gray comes out either brown or pastels.

    The only thing I can think this may be a cause is I do have third party ink cartridge but this is my third set on ink cartridge and this is first time I got horrible color accuracy.

    Thank you
  2. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Dec 6, 2006
    A World of my Own; UK
    If that model has separate cartridges for each colour, it sounds like all the problems are with the cyan, from that.

    I must say, the only real problems I've ever had with colour printers have been from third party ink cartridges and I've come to consider them a completely false economy. You might want to try branded cartridges and see if that sorts it out.


  3. kitki83 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Thank you for your feedback, I will get name brand once this set runs out since its my last no namer batch.
  4. covisio macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2007
    Printer accuracy

    Yep, good advice. I too would never use third party inks - the major manufacturers spend millions on ink R&D and print head performance, and it's often said that 90 percent of a printer's performance lies in the ink/head combo.
    Don't forget to look at your colour management workflow also, this can have quite dramatic effects if you get it wrong.
  5. tsd macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    Yeah, definitely don't use third-party ink cartridges. Consumer Reports tests name brand and off brand cartridges every year, along with all the papers on the market, and they come to the same conclusions every year. You get more prints, better accuracy, less fading, and you spend MUCH less when you use ink cartridges and papers made by your printer manufacturer. As soon as you use third party paper OR ink, you instantly begin losing money, color accuracy and fade resistance.

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