printing problems

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by 4now, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. 4now macrumors regular

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    I have a new iMac 24"

    and am having difficulty printing out my digital images properly

    The Epson 2400 printer puts out only very dark or very light prints from
    within both Lightroom 2.1 and CS4. I have calibrated my monitor with
    Spyder3 and have tried everything I know how to get the color to sinc.
     
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816

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    Do you have the right paper profiles?

    Also, which are you having control the color? Is it the printer or the software (or perhaps both, in which case you might want to try one or the other)? I've found that the colors come out a bit dark (it's fine on B&Ws) when I have PS control my 3800. I usually have the printer select the colors, and choose Epson Vivid.
     
  3. qveda macrumors regular

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    Problems printing to HP c5280 photo printer

    Just migrating from PC to Mac :)
    I have a HP C5280 printer with a photo paper tray, in addition to regular paper tray. But it seems that the HP s/w on the Mac (OS X) does not allow me to select the photo paper tray - at least not from Photoshop or the HP s/w . Seems that there are other configuration options that are not available .

    anyone know workarounds ? Is it possible that HP won't work ?

    What are the recommended printers for Photoshop and Mac ?
     
  4. 4now thread starter macrumors regular

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    Try
    Page Settup
    If Page format says "Any Printer"
    select your printer from the dropdown.

    Maybe you'll see more options under paper size
     
  5. qveda macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I believe I've exhausted all the possible menu choices. the Photo paper tray is not found anywhere. I sure thought that HP would have great drivers for Mac. But apparently not :mad:
     
  6. 4now thread starter macrumors regular

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    If you have apple care
    or are within the first 90days

    give apple care a shout
    they will help you with anything connected to your mac
     
  7. qveda macrumors regular

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    Ah, didn't know that. I'll give AppleCare a call. thanks.
     
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Good chance HP did not supply the drivers. Mac OS x use "cups" to print. "Cups" is the Common Unix Printing System. So if you are having problems so are Linux, BSD nd Solaris users.. At least this means the user base is larger then just Apple users.
     
  9. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Paper trays appear under the pop up `Paper Feed', but beware, HP makes shoddy drivers (Windows and Mac, HP was the only company I had to pay for a driver update going from Win 98 to Win 2k, ugh!) and they don't always stick to that convention.
     
  10. qveda macrumors regular

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    Until now, I haven't tried printing photos on the HP C-series printer I have. But having gone through much more difficulty with the user interfaces screens drops downs, etc (HP and Photoshop on the Mac), than I imagined, I'm leaning towards Ken Rockwell's (kenrockwell.com) advice .

    Ken suggests not bothering with home printing at all. His ideas are very persuasive. Stores (Costco and many others) print on very high quality , light sensitive paper, using machines that cost $50K + and are much more capable than any HP, Epson, etc. And they are far cheaper than the paper and ink cartridges you need for home printing! I'm trying some prints from photoshop jpegs at Costco today to see how they look. I also plan to try a local store that prints on canvass and textured paper from hi-res photoshop or TIF files. I'm going to paypal Ken a contribution for his excellent site and advice.
     
  11. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    I have an Olympus P-11 photo printer. To me, they're like polaroids, I can print them directly. Other than that, I either have large prints or books be made.
     
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Not to knock Ken Rockwell or Costco's $50k photoprinter or anything .... However, I have a different perspective. My Xerox Phaser 8400 printer prints gorgeous 8 x 10's--and it's not even considered to be a photoprinter. The photo kiosks in Rite-Aid and similar stores use dedicated PCs coupled to a flash card reader and HP inkjet printer very much like your home printer. These kiosks also produce gorgeous pictures albeit for high prices. The is nothing functional in the kiosk setup that you cannot replicate at home for much cheaper prints.
     

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