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How can I make the colors on my Windows pc screen match the colors that print out?

Asked by Mr_M (7596points) September 1st, 2008

I want to be able to fine tune the color in my photos on screen and expect that the printouts will be the same. I use a SONY Vaio and an HP printer.

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damien's avatar

You’ll need a very expensive monitor to get close to print colours. Even then, it’s still unlikely to be exact. A laptop screen simply won’t cut it.

Colour on screen consists of colours composed from red, green and blue (RGB). In print, it’s cyan, yellow, magenta and black (CYMK). So they’re always have some discrepancies.

There is things you can do to improve your prints, but it mainly involves fiddling with the images rather than the monitor. Have a look for a decent book like Getting It Right in Print or articles and guides online for printing techniques and processes.

shilolo's avatar

Get a Mac. ;-)

benseven's avatar

As a print designer, I can confirm that the same thing will happen on a Mac without the correct calibration of printer, software and monitor. Unlucky, Shilolo!

XCNuse's avatar

a mac doesn’t make things better fool…

You just need to calibrate your monitor with a spider system or something like that.

Here is PCPhoto’s take on monitor calibration:

cyreb7's avatar

you can buy color calibration hardware for under $100


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