Im really unsure if this is an Indesign problem or not but most everything I do is created in InDesign along with Photoshop, Acrobat, and other Adobe products. Im just out of ideas on what the problems could be so thought I would take a crack at Adobe being the problem? I just dont know!
When I print things out on our high end Xerox color printer, things tend to come out more on the darker side. Its mostly noticable with photographs but it can also be seen in general solid colors also. I generally make the printer print 85% lighter from its settings and things will usually come out acceptable.
When I send files to out digital plate maker, usually as black/grayscale, the photographs will always come out real dark. For this, I have to over compensate by editing each photo individually so they no longer look normal on my screen, but overly faded just so it will look properly on our DPM.
This is something I have been dealing with for several years and though its basically a part of life now, I still cant stand it! All drivers, patches, and firmware is updated, printer color is calibrated, even paid techs to figure it out...nothing! For both our standard black and white printers, these files usually print out ok, all photos look just as good as they do on screen.
Well we just got a new large color plotter machine for printing large banners and signs. I dont operate it but the one who does seem to know his stuff. He said his program will only work with EPS files. I had created a press quality PDF from InDesign that I then converted to EPS as well as creating an EPS directly from InDesign. All files looked nice and bright on both my screen as well as his. On his first sample printout on the plotter, the images came out dark!!!!! Why???? We made new files where again, I overcompensated by fading the photos out bigtime to where they look horrible on screen but printed out mostly ok on the machine.
This cant be the normal way things are done, Is this an InDesign problem or what??? Any suggestions would be great because we are out of ideas!