Color FAQ

Notes on Color.
Why does everyone put “printers and monitors” can differ in output?
Books are written and debates rage about color calibration.
I have tried, tried ;) to make the colors as easy to print as seen as possible.

Use sRGB IEC619662.1.  If you don’t want to read any further than that.
Almost all of my products are sRGB IEC619662.1.  Why?  So I know that you have a better chance of printing the palette exactly as I laid it out.  Not putting a color profile on a product allows too much change in the colors depending on the profile you use.

Inkjets typically have softer colors than laser.  Laser color sits on top of the page as a coating whereas ink is absorbed more or less by the type of paper you chose to print.  I have and use both.

“Why isn’t the color as bright as on the monitor”
Because monitors are backlit by a lighting mechanism, the colors are going to be brighter on the monitor typically.

“My color is muddy or dull”
The biggest issue with getting muddy colors is that your monitor color profile and your printer color profile do not match. If you go into your printer and your monitor setups you will see a few color profiles.
Unless you are an expert, I highly recommend setting both to the same profile and using the sRGB IEC619662.1color profile.  Less hassle, no tweaking on your part. 

Do read the color portions of your monitor and printer manual to see if they have renamed their sRGB IEC619662.1 anything different.  I know Epson has their own minute variations of this profile.
For more information, here’s one good article among many that expounds on the sRGB vs Adobe 1998 debate.

“I have the same color profiles on both, still muddy colors” 
Adobe products default to the Adobe RGB color space.  Unless you are an expert, I don’t recommend this profile.  Your products also need to know to print in the same color space as your monitor and your printer.
Basically, if all your products have the same instructions, you get better results.

“Does the paper make a difference”
Yes.  The rougher the paper for an inkjet, the more ink is absorbed into your paper and you actually pay more per ink cartridge because your paper yield per cartridge is lower.  While you might not need matte photo paper for your project, you might want to print the color palette or included thumbnail on some different sheets of paper to see how you like the color. 

I hope the above helps you in your projects and search the web if you are interested in learning more about color printing.  

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