Printing issue

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I have just installed a new printer, Canon IP7250 and with Canon's included software, it prints fine just fine. However, when I print from Lightroom, they become catastrophically wrong in colors and light. In my example, I have selected for no color profile in printer settings and SRGB in Lightroom. The photo is taken in SRGB jpg, yet the colors are very dull and pale when I print from Lightroom. If I export the same photo (SRGB) and take it into the Canon printer program, then it prints be fine. It is very frustrating and costly to experiment and loose ink in the process. Could it be that the Canon IP7250 printer and Lightroom simply do not fit? Thank you for all support Kind Regards, Peter Stenberg
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Hi it is better if you print using photoshop manages colors and use icc profiles for the papers you are using. to get a full understanding of printing photographs you will have to do some research as printing photos can be a very complex subject. But in any case Lightroom  and use ICC profiles should manage colors. Try and avoid the printer manages colours. 
Your computer screen should also be calibrated so you get pretty close to what you see. Try Ben Long at Lynda.com he is very good on explaining printing.
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B & H have some good printing videos as well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxxqN_5mNo0. This is for Epson printers but applies to canon as well and explains alot
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Thank you all for your inputs, much appreciated. I have tried various settings, SRGB, Monitor ICC, Canon IJ 2005 in LR and the printers own profile disabled. They all come out dark and dull, so it must be something else. All I really want is for the photos to look similar regardless of Printing via Canon ́s own software vs Lightroom ́s print module. I tried Canon ́s own support, they had no idea.
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The Printer Profile you use in Lightroom should match a specific printer and paper.  You shouldn't be using sRGB, Monitor, or other ink jet profiles.  When you install your print driver, you have to tell Lightroom to use the profiles. In the Profile pulldown Print Job panel, select Other... and put a check mark next to all of the IP7250 profiles found there.  They will then appear in Lightroom.  Now, chose the profile that matches the specific paper you are using and you will get good results. 

Lightroom, on Canon will generally give a much superior image when you use the correct profile to allowing the printer to manage colors.