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Printing Problems - advice please

PamSar

Always on
Honorary Life Member
I have recently made a collage for work, which they had printed last week by someone who another member of staff knows.
The collage is approx 100cm wide by 70cm deep and has been printed on vinyl and mounted on some sort of plastic like used in signage.

The colours have come out terribly, the whole thing is really dark and I feel overly saturated but the red (which is the main colour in the whole thing) is almost like a flourescent red, also I don't feel the pictures are as sharp.

Prior to printing I have zoomed into the image on my laptop, 2 monitors at work and a large screen TV, the colours looked fine on all these. I also printed a small section on A4 using my own printer which also came out fine.

Can anyone offer any advice, please?

Work have decided to change a few things within the collage but I don't want to try and get to the bottom of the printing as it looks poor.
 

tenchy

Rain maker
Administrator
well I guess the first question is, is your screen hardware calibrated?

I will say though that I had a couple of my Antelope Canyon pictures printed. One on canvas, came out perfect colour wise. The other was on aluminium and the reds were really red. There were warning about possible colour shifts due to the actual process. Might be an issue on vinyl?
 

PamSar

Always on
Honorary Life Member
No none of the screens are calibrated :( , but I haven't had problems like this before.
I was wondering if it could be something to do with it being on vinyl, but as I've never done anything like it didn't really have a clue.
Also the printers specialise in signage for shops, advertising banners etc so I didn't know if the inks used would be different.
 

paulmag

Always on
Honorary Life Member
When I first printed on a widebody inkjet the results of a photograph where terrible compared to my desktop colour printer on windows.................if things look ok your end they may need to use a better profile to print from.................I had a custom profile for our CMYK printer

No none of the screens are calibrated :( , but I haven't had problems like this before.
I was wondering if it could be something to do with it being on vinyl, but as I've never done anything like it didn't really have a clue.
Also the printers specialise in signage for shops, advertising banners etc so I didn't know if the inks used would be different.
if correct profiles used should print OK on vinyl............

if you send me the file I can try on our roland versacamm on some vinyl for you
 

Blofeld

Forum Photobomber
Moderator
Try and view on a calibrated monitor, and also a lot of print services supply a print profile you can apply to ensure your image is printed exactly as you see it.
 
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