Printing Pictures Food for Thought

As the winds kicked up, and the blossoms swirled down to the ground from the Bradford Pear tree, I decided to capture some of those flowers in pictures, before they are all gone for the season.

So, I took Little Bear outside and we gathered flowers. Okay, I gathered blossoms, and he sniffed around, he is a dog after all!

Then I decided to take some flowers and print them for future inspirational reference. So I followed my camera manufacturer’s software and picked these two photos: (shown directly from the computer file)


Photo as shown on monitor

When I went to print the first one, this is what I got: (shown from a scan of what printed)

Printer Default Setting

Pretty, but what happened to my color? Where is that pure white that Bradford Pears are so known for? So I went snooping into the settings, and if I use the setting “managed by application” I get this: (again a scan of what printed)


Not too bad, curiousity aroused, I decided to try the setting “Adobe RBG” and this is what printed: (scan of print)

Adobe RBG print

I’m not sure what I’ll do now. I like having just ONE software to use to take, process and print photo’s. I then use those photo’s not only to draw out my pattern, but also to choose my palette. Had I not been paying attention to what printed, or had I gone back later when the blossoms weren’t here on my desk and printed the picture, I probably would not have noticed this color change. And it’s a big change!

I don’t want to spend money on additional software right now. I do have Ulead’s PhotoImpact on my other computer, so maybe I’ll try that and see what happens with it. Or maybe I’ll just have to learn to work from the computer monitor and bypass the printing process.

Just food for thought when we’re taking photo’s of our work and then printing them to pictures.

3 thoughts on “Printing Pictures Food for Thought

  1. Interesting.. that is a big color change. Beautiful pictures!! Ours haven’t gone into bloom yet… impatiently tapping my foot 😉

  2. Heh, I finally got online…:-) There could also be something at work with your scanner or actual print settings. I had done a Polymer piece a while back in absolute rainbow bright colors. I photographed it, scanned it, scanned and photographed it against a dozen different backgrounds using all kinds of boxes and setups. Long story short (I will spare you the graphic capability of my language skills when I feel I am deliberately being stymied by an inanimate object), we had an all in one printer which seem to be notorious for major print and scan related color discrepancies, unbeknownst to us when we bought it. What could actually make the difference might just be a new photographic printer, geared more toward printing photos and getting true color than a regular printer that is primarily used for documents where the color doesn’t matter.
    See, when the kids stop hollering for just a moment, I actually DO have a thought! 🙂
    Shhhh, no blowing my cover now.

  3. Interesting, I have an all in one, but it’s a Photosmart, uses 6 different ink cartridges and is supposed to render true color prints. And the camera is the same brand as the printer, and so the camera’s software I would think should be compatable with the printer?

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