I have been have getting really disappointing results printing some photos on my inkjet printer. The colors do not come close to reproducing colors that I see on the screen. In particular dark greens which tend to come out more brownish and the prints are generally too dark.
I am using a Canon ip4300 printer and Illford Galerie Smooth Pearl paper and printing from CS3. My OS is Windows XP.
1. Profiled my monitor
2. Compared the image on the profiled monitor to several other non-profiled monitors. All are reasonably close, which seems to indicate that the image I see on the monitor is "correct".
3. Downloaded the generic printer profile for my paper/printer combination from the Illford site.
4. Purchased a custom printer profile.
For 3 and 4 I have printed with Photoshop Manages Colors and the right profile.
I have also made sure that printer color management is turned off.
The results from 3 were better (though not acceptable) than 4! In fact the custom printer profile was terrible.
I have noticed that if I soft proof the target for the custom profile using the generic profile that I downloaded that many of the color squares for the target are out of gamut (especially in the greens) though the actual image I am trying to print is in gamut. Does that tell me something?
Is there something else I should be trying?
I am thinking of trying a custom profile from a different vendor.
I would appreciate any help.