Picture comes out way to dark or to light with no effect
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04-09-09, 11:56 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
There are a lot of different options for preparing an image for printing. As you have found, the difference between a backlit screen and paper is often most noticeable in the dark tones, so an image with prominent dark tones like yours can look very different when printed.
A very simple tip for adjusting for print output which has worked well for me is to use a hue/saturation adjustment layer and increase both contrast and lightness by around 5-9%. This makes the pictures look a little too pale on screen but results in prints that match how the image originally looked on screen (before that layer). You need to increase saturation as well as lightness so the lightened picture doesn't look washed out.
If you are printing at home it is easy to start at, say 7% and then vary the percentage if that doesn't quite work, but obviously if you are sending the pictures out then you will have to take pot luck so aiming for around 7% would be a good compromise.
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