One very common question I get asked is: ’How can I match my prints to my screen?’
In fact I was asked so often, that a few years ago I wrote an article addressing just that question. This morning I was sending the link off to someone and thought I’d best check out what it said.
The good thing is that I mostly agreed with myself, however, many of the links to articles and reviews in the article needed updating to reflect changes in hardware and software in the last few years. I’ve also re-edited some content and added a few items.
The short answer is that you can’t match your prints to your screen.
The slightly more reassuring version, is that with care you can make good prints.
Probably my own most important realisation in the whole process was that:
“The Screen is -not- the Print”
Once I realised that what I was seeing on even the very best screen was not the same, I could accept that the file that made the best print was not always the version that looked best on my monitor.
The picture below has been adjusted to look OK on the web – the print version for my Epson 7880 has had saturations for the deep reds and blues turned up considerably. The version that looked the best printed on a Canon iPF6300 was different again – not by much, but enough to make a difference.
Night view of Curve, Leicester, UK