Photoshop Elements: can't get print to match screen colors

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I wonder if anyone can help me, I have photoshop elements 10, and have been trying to print out some photos for a competition, on the screen the image looks perfect, yet when I print it, it is a totally different colour, light blue becomes a dark purple etc etc.

I have tried a variety of different photo papers but to no avail.

I then tried a rival program and it printed perfectly.

Can anyone help me?

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David Anslow

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Faheem Akhtar, Employee

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Hi David,

In order to comment on this I need some specification you are using to print your image.

Can you share these following things:

1. Which OS you are using to print.
2. During printing image which Color Handling technique you are using in PSE10.
3. Can you write me down the steps you are following to get print that image.

Cheers !!
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Rick OBrien

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Hi Faheem.

I'm using Windows 7. PSE mangages the colour. The colour space is Adobe RGB (1998). Rendering intent is Relative Colorimetric. I'm using a Epson Artisan 830 all-in-one printer. The photo are printing darker than what I an seeing on the screen.

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Elliot Furtive

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There are many factors involved in Print Management. There is usually not a quick fix that makes everything great unless all the details are known about your setup.

That being said - the simplest solution is to brighten your pictures before printing. You will basically have 2 images - original and the printer version that you have brighten. I suspect it is really not a function of PSE but some other factor.

I think in my case if I use matte paper I can a close approximation but with glossy I have to brighten.

Some people go way out there and calibrate their monitor, and also get profiles for the type of paper they are using and the latest profile for their print.
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Bill Junk

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Monitor calibration is a pretty important step in getting good color prints. Also having a profile for your printer will help. Remember that the image you are working with is just a bunch of bits and that each device that reads those bits may present a slightly different realization of them. Unless you are calibrated from end to end, exposure and color are a gamble. I don't know about yours, but not all printers / print drivers accept profiles. If yours doesn't, you may be able to do some adjustment in your print driver to provide an exposure and color bias that will be appied to all your prints (until you decide to change it again).