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Printing Brightness Increase

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  • Wil Voermans

    Hi James,

    In that case, use the professional Print & Layout from Canon. Export the image as a JPEG or TIFF to a location on a drive and from there load it into the standalone Canon Printer program.
    Search the internet for how to use the program.
    I use this for my Canon PRO-1000 printer and yes I have set the brightness to + 25 in the color settings.

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    Also, be sure you have profiled (calibrated but not really 😉) your monitor with hardware and not the by eyeball method that the OS gives us. Also be sure you are using the correct color profiles for the pinter/ink combination being used.

    Color management can get complex. 

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  • James Roik

    Thank you for the suggestions.

    The Canon Print and Layout program does not work with the Pixma Pro-100. It does not recognize the printer, and states it iss for the Pro-200 and -300 in that series.

    The print routine for the Pro-100 provides the choices for Brightness = Lighter, Standard or Darker only. It does not allow for degree of change. I ned to spend more time to see if the setting modifications stick.

    My monitor is factory calibrated and I have not altered settings other than for Brightness. This is why I have downloaded a test image and am using it without any changes. I did try printing through Canon DPP and It gave the same brightness output as ON1. Interestingly, I could not find how to add printer profiles for DPP.

    Thus, I guess I need to edit for brighter images on my monitor and to proof when printing to make sure I have the brightness I want. In this context it would have been nice if ON1 provided a setting to print XX stops brighter than displayed.

    Yes, colour management in editing and printing is a worls onto its own.

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    "My monitor is factory calibrated and I have not altered settings other than for Brightness" Big mistake. You MUST do your own profiling. For one thing, the color output will shift over time. That is why all the profiling software comes with 2 week or 1 month reminders to do it again.

    Any printer profile (I'm assuming you are talking about a color profile here) that is placed in any one of the ColorSync/Profiles folders scattered about the file system will be made available to you by the OS.

    ~/Library/ColorSync/Profiles - your personal set.  I recommend placing them here. In PR's Editor go to View > Profiles > Import… then find yours and this is where they will be put. This is not PR specific. They will be there for any program using ColorSync to manage color.

    /Library/ColorSync/Profiles - available to all users, part of the OS stuff

    You cannot eyeball the brightness. It is measured in candelas/m^2 usually denoted just cd. Most screens are set much too bright so your prints will be dark. They are set that way because more people watch movies on them than do photo editing. You'll want something between 80 and 100. I keep mine at 80.

    Go to the ArtIsRight YouTube channel. Art is an ambassador for BenQ and has several videos on color management and how to calibrate them properly. BTW, another of my favorite nitpicks is most people are _not_ calibrating their monitors. They are profiling them.

    Calibration is a hardware adjustment which brings a device into specific performance measures. Some monitors can be calibrated. BenQs for instance. Instead what is happening is the actual color output is read after sending known RGB values to the screen and a correction factor is calculated for each of them. A LUT is produced that the OS can use to make corrections so the desired output will be achieved. Now when the program says to produce a neutral gray 128, 128, 128 the OS will send whatever is needed so the monitor does produce that color instead of the 124, 126,130 (or whatever) that is its native output when receiving 128, 128, 128.

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  • Wil Voermans

    Hi James, Brian
    In that case, try Print Studio Pro (supported PIXMA PRO 100) in combination with Canon Digital Photo Professional.

    Print Studio Pro is a plugin for Lightroom, Photoshop and Canon Digital Photo Professional with the same functions as professional Print & Layout.

    Then only use Canon Digital Photo Professional (= Canon RAW Editor) to startup Print Studio Pro.

    Just some general information, all my monitors (EIZO) are all calibrated (80 CD (See Brian's explanation)) and have built-in hardware calibration. The monitors are automatically calibrated every 200 hours. I definitely don't use an eyeball method. I pay 12 x €48 for a new set of cartridges.
    I export my photos as JPEG with sRGB profile, in professional Print & Layout or Print Studio Pro the correct icc profile that corresponds to the paper is selected.

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