6 Replies Latest reply on Sep 17, 2017 3:56 AM by lorenzo.gasperoni

    RGB printing, again!


      Hello to everyone. This is a question about some printing issues, so probably not the right place to post. But seems there were no better one.

      I perfectly know that RGB is for displays and that i always will have problems if i try to print a screen.


      However i need to print some old videogame screenshots that use only 16 colors. I am talking about Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders adventure game.

      Some of the colours was full R or G or B. That one is not soo bad in the printing tests i made. But, obiously, the colors derived from a full mix of two base colors (like for xample R:0 G:255 B:255 are terrible.


      I was wandering if there is a good way to obtain a decent result, printing colors like that one.


      Thanks a lot!

        • 1. Re: RGB printing, again!
          JJMack Most Valuable Participant

          lorenzo.gasperoni  wrote



          I perfectly know that RGB is for displays and that i always will have problems if i try to print a screen.


          IMO you knowledge is not perfect. Displays are not the only RGB devices.  And there are many RGB color spaces.  There are computer application that  color manage imges and applications the do not have color management.  There are image files that have embedded color profiles and image files the do not have embedded color profiles.  Ther are Image files thet are not saved with rgb colors. So you are in an environment the you need to educate yourself some to know what is going on. You will have problem printing more than just sceens.

          • 2. Re: RGB printing, again!
            Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

            What do you mean they are terrible exactly? Is the problem that you are trying to print really bright colours and are disappointed with the dull print result? If so, that's normal. Few printers have special bright inks like that.

            • 3. Re: RGB printing, again!
              lorenzo.gasperoni Level 1

              Thanks for the answer JJMack. I never said that displays are the only RGB device. But yes, probably i have many knowloge gaps in color management techniques. I am a programmer. So thank you for the puntualization about my skills.

              • 4. Re: RGB printing, again!
                lorenzo.gasperoni Level 1

                Sorry for the bad description of the problem. But you centered the question. Is totally not bright.
                Perhaps exists some conventional tecniques to convert colors, prepare the image or set the color management to minimize the problem?


                And if is a matter of printer, can you suggest some kind of printers i should look for?
                Sorry for my bad english, I've done my best!

                • 5. Re: RGB printing, again!
                  davescm Adobe Community Professional

                  The problem is simple - light reflected through coloured ink on paper will never be as bright as light emitted from a screen. So you will not get those very saturated screen colors in print.


                  You can predict what will show if you are using a color managed workflow where Photoshop is managing the color for printing and you are using the correct color profile for your printer and paper combination, and you have a correctly set up and profiled display.

                  If so, go to menu View > Proof Set up and select the profile for your printer and paper.


                  Then check View>Proof colors

                  You will immediately see the colors dull as only the printable colors will be used. How the colours that are unprintable are mapped to printable colors depends on the rendering intent that you choose.


                  Proof using my profile for the Epson as shown above



                  You can also switch on the gamut warning (View Gamut Warning )and it will show the unprintable colours as a grey overlay.


                  If you are only dealing with 16 colours you can choose to just allow the color management conversion to replace them with printable colours (as shown by the soft proof) or you could change the colours in the document to printable colours manually.



                  • 6. Re: RGB printing, again!
                    lorenzo.gasperoni Level 1

                    Dave your answer is extremely useful! Thanks a lot for the clear and detailed explanation.


                    Thanks also to other people who gave me an answer!