Like most of the rest of the world, I'm trying to get monitor brightness aligned with print brightness. I profiled my monitor and am pretty happy with the color settings. When I print (using an Epson 3880, Epson paper and an Epson printer profile) the output is about 1 to 1 1/2 stops darker than what I see on the screen. I have read in this forum (and have been advised by Eye One's technical support people) to dial down my monitor brightness setting. On the Viewsonic monitor this value ranges from 0 to 100, no units are given. When I drop the brightness the image becomes somewhat darker but mostly it becomes incredibly muddy even with the contrast set to 100, the highest setting.
I am wondering if the printer profile can be somehow adjusted to increase the brightness of every print to better match what I see on the screen.
Have you read this paper? It might help.
That is some paper. Quite a bit more complicated than I was ready for. I may find myself taking a seat of the pants approach for now or looking for someone to come in and set profiles up for me. While the Eye-One is quite a bit better than Adobe Gamma, the monitor and print colors are still rather far off. "Perfect" color match between the monitor and printer remain elusive despite 'profiling' the monitor several times.
If you're still interested in sharing, would you mind telling me about the viewing environment that you're using to compare your print and its on-screen equivalent?
Are you viewing the print in a controlled light environment using a standard illuminant that matches your monitor display?
Are you viewing the image on-screen through Photoshop's soft-proofing view with appropriate profile and rendering intent settings? Did you make sure there's no white UI on-screen that would offset your eyes from adjusting to/viewing the white point of the on-screen image?
These issues might have been covered by the white paper that John posted (I only skimmed through it). Sorry if I'm being redundant...
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