HP colors not matching screen

Discussion in 'HP' started by Dave, Apr 2, 2004.

  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    I am having a problem with my HP PSC 2210 all-in-one printer. The output
    colors don't match the colors of the image on my screen. Even worse, this
    has been happening for my past 3 HP printers.

    I've consulted HP tech support successfully, but all of their obvious
    solutions didn't resolve my problem - or so it seems. Solutions included:
    cartridge cleaning/replacement/maintenance, printer cartridge carrier
    cleaning, driver upgrading...

    My printer seems to print bright colors such as cyan as turquoise and green
    as medium green. Grays are off sometimes. And occasionally, I'll have to
    adjust the gamma of a photo to get it to print the actual colors in the

    Does anyone else have such a problem as ongoing as this? Any information is
    appreciated. Thank you!
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    Dave, Apr 2, 2004
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    Quaoar Guest

    com.periphs.printers is a good resource for color printing issues. If
    you are using any color profiling in the image processing application,
    turn it off and see if there is an improvement.

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    Quaoar, Apr 2, 2004
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    Bob Headrick Guest

    Most likely you need to get your screen calibrated. See the following:

    It is also possible that you have incorrect paper settings in the paper type
    section. If you are using HP paper be sure to match to the proper type of
    photo paper as different papers have somewhat different color maps that the
    printer driver takes into account. If you are using non-HP paper you may have
    to experiment with the HP photo paper settings or "other photo paper" setting.

    Bob Headrick, not speaking for my employer HP
    Microsoft MVP
    Bob Headrick, Apr 3, 2004
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    Rich Webb Guest

    Try to adjust your screen to match the colors from the printer using
    your preferred print settings and paper.

    There are several test patterns at
    that may help.

    But you won't be able to get 100% screen-to-printer correlation. The
    capabilities of the two mediums are too different. See "color gamut."
    One discussion is at
    Rich Webb, Apr 3, 2004
  5. Dave

    Dave Guest

    So the colors may be so FAR OFF on my printer that I cannot get anything
    close to a cyan or anything that resembles light green??? That's not
    something having adjusted my brightness and contrast would fix.

    Sounds like today's printing technology nothing but crap because we'll never
    be able to reproduce bright colors on paper.

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    Dave, Apr 3, 2004
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    Bob Headrick Guest

    I beleive you have a problem with your setup, and would guess it relates to
    your screen settings. Pure cyan is one of the base colors in the #57 cartrdige
    used in your printer, it can certainly print cyan. As for light green, there
    are shades of green that are outside the gamut of CMY printing, but I still
    expect the issue is related to your system calibration.

    One thing I would do is print a test page or cleaning page and make sure that
    your printer is printing pure cyan, magenta and yellow as its base colors. I
    really do not think this is the problem since you say you have had this issue
    with three different printers.

    Bob Headrick, not speaking for my employer HP
    Bob Headrick, Apr 3, 2004
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    Si Guest

    Dave, it seems that you don't understand monitor calibration.

    Calibrating doesn't just affect the 'brightness and contrast', but each
    colour channel.

    It's pretty clear that if you've had the same problem over a different range
    of printers that it's not the printers that are at fault.

    Si, Apr 3, 2004
  8. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Well, I've used a few different monitors over the past three HP printers,
    too. I sincerely hope that adjusting my screen won't be an issue. It seems
    unreal to me...do many people have this problem?

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    Dave, Apr 3, 2004
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    Si Guest

    Using different monitors makes no difference if you've never calibrated one.

    It's one of the basics of colour reproduction. I'm a professional
    photographer and *have* to ensure decent calibration to ensure that I can
    print what I see on screen - because you can bet that my clients wouldn't be
    happy if my prints were off the mark.

    Take a look here....



    Si, Apr 3, 2004
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    cableguy Guest

    I've (my wife ) have been trying to print off of our Kodak digi camera
    software and have been getting mostly green images . I'm not sure if it
    is the cartridges sometimes it says ink low and then it doesnt. PSC2210
    has done good in the past but I cant figure this out > Would a firmware
    upgrade have anything to do with it? By doing the windows xp updates ,
    that wouldnt change anything with the printer? Would it? Ive changed the
    cartridges . Is there anything you need to do inside of the unit?
    cableguy, Apr 6, 2004
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