I've got a problem when printing from LR6 (but also in previous versions and on different computers). Before getting a new computer and a new printer, I've suspected that it is a printer problem but after getting a new computer and a new printer (first one was a Brother inkjet printer, current one is a Canon inkjet one), the problem persists. If I print several pictures, the colors are correct at the beginning, but at some point on a picture, colors become darker.

There is enough ink available and the problem is not related to a specific color. It starts at a straight line after that the colors change. The following schema illustrates the problem (the pictures in the print job are separated by blanks):


At the beginning, zero or several pictures are printed with correct colors (C). Somewhere in the print job, the colors become to dark (D). The subsequent pictures are printed with darker colors. If I start a new print job, colors are correct again.

  • @mattdm: thanks for the hint. I've updated the title.
    – Markus
    Feb 7 '16 at 10:49
  • Is printer profile fixed somewhere in Lightroom or you let it pick one from Windows colour management list? Apr 7 '16 at 15:31
  • @EuriPinhollow I let Lightroom do the color management, but it doesn't seem to be related to the color profile, as the colors change in mid-print. Before the change, the colors are good.
    – Markus
    Apr 16 '16 at 9:58
  • The question stands. The phrase "Lightroom manages colours" means that you select the printer profile somewhere in Lightroom. Also, can you reproduce the problem in other programs? It would be nice if your tried XnViewMP and GIMP. Apr 16 '16 at 10:12
  • @EuriPinhollow yes, Lightroom does the color management. Unfortunately, the problem cannot be reproduced easily. In fact, it hasn't occured during the last prints (I left Lightroom open while printing). Maybe that is the solution. Thanks for your help.
    – Markus
    Apr 18 '16 at 7:08

You could try changing the complete set of inks. Ifound this sometimes with Epsons.

  • The ink containers were almost full. So the effect was not related to this. Thanks for your help.
    – Markus
    Oct 2 '16 at 18:50

The solution is to keep Lightroom open while the print job is still running. If I close Lightroom when the printer is still emitting pages, the colors change as described.

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