Printing in Lightroom 4 gives wrong color

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When printing from LR 4 RC 1 on Canon Pixma iP 4600 and iP 4700, one or two photos will print fine and then suddenly in the middle of a print the color will shift and the rest of the photos will be printed dull and off colour. Black and white photos print as sepia.

I have done several test prints on 2 different printers (thinking it was the printer) but this kept on happening. Printing form Photoshop solved the problem
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Heinrich Helmbold

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Are you letting Lr or the printer manage colours? What are the settings you are using? What platform are you on (as this makes a difference for various pre-printing setup tasks.)
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Sorry, I should have given a little more info.

I am running Windows 7 64bit on an Intel i7 processor and 12gig RAM. And I also thought about Lightroom vs Printer handling color, but I can't find any of these settings in LR. So I am using the default settings in terms of Printing. I do set paper type and borderless in the printer properties.

This happens when I select several photos to print at once, so it can be memory management for the spool file. But I do not have any of these issues in Lightroom 3
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I have seen this effect from time to time in LR3 when printing to a Pixma ip 4500 on Windows XP. Color management was done by the printer driver ("Print Job" panel, at bottom, choose profile or set to "managed by printer" - must match the settings in the printer driver).

The effect was exactly the same - in the middle of printing, the picture changed its color and tone a little bit, making it unusable.

Did you by any chance alter the development settings while the photo was printed? I think (but I am not 100% sure) that the effect happened when I did that in my case.
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Maybe it is a problem between LR and Canon printers? Color management was set to be handled by printer and I didn't touch the photos while printing. Color images was extremely dull and black and white photos printed in sepia, so they can be used - just not as black and white :-)
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I posted this during the RC version of Lightroom 4 but it seems like the problem is still there. When printing from Lightroom on my Canon Pixma IP4940 printer, the colours are washed out and it is almost like everything is printed in a Sepia tone. I had this same problem with several other printers.

1) I have a clean installation and using the default settings in Lightroom where the printer manages the color

2) This seems to me like it has to do with color converstion. All my photos are taken in Adobe RGB and I am guessing this might be the problem.

3) Other software applications prints the same photo perfectly - only Lightroom gives this problem

Any ideas?