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I have a Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II photo printer which I use to print photos on Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy II. I am having some trouble getting printed photos to match the previews I am seeing on my screen. Specifically, the printed pictures appear too warm. I was printing from Preview on my Mac. My settings are:

  • Size: 4x6 Borderless
  • Color Matching: Canon Color Matching
  • Media Type: Photo Paper Plus Glossy II N (although I am printing on Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, according to a site I found a while ago, I should use the media type Plus Glossy II N - Is this incorrect?)
  • Print Quality: High
  • Color Options:

Color Options

So my questions are:

  1. Why would my pictures appear so warm?
  2. How can I fix this problem, either temporarily or permanently?
  • Are you printing from lightroom or photoshop directly? or via another method? – thebtm Apr 10 '17 at 22:45
  • I'm using the MacOS app "Preview" – NoahL Apr 10 '17 at 22:45
  • Try this - photo.stackexchange.com/a/88148/6327 - it's focused on lightroom but it might work with preview as well for setting color matching to none. I had the same issue with the Canon Pro 10 until i just defaulted the color matching. – thebtm Apr 10 '17 at 22:55
  • Have you verified that your monitor is properly displaying the images? Uncalibrated monitors are often too bright and too cool. – Michael C Apr 11 '17 at 1:19
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    You should calibrate your monitor, and you should also "calibrate" your print settings & paper selection until you're happy with the results. There's no magic fix here. – Carl Witthoft Apr 11 '17 at 12:21
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To fix, Option 1 (temporary, easiest and maybe quickest) : In the 'Color Options' screen of the Print panel, you could try sliding the Cyan colour slider towards the right ('High'), experiment with amount setting, and maybe a bit of the yellow (again, experiment with amount setting, in either direction), to get the colour closest to your satisfaction .

As to Why, possibly your monitor screen isn't properly calibrated, so, to fix, Option 2 (for more long term results) : On your Mac, there is a means of Calibrating your monitor screen, to show colour more in agreement with printer over a period of time.

In System Preferences app > Displays button > Color button > Calibrate button, and follow on-screen instructions from there. It's not a bad idea to do this process periodically, because over time, the accuracy of your monitor colours change very gradually.

A 3rd option I just discovered (because I don't use Preview app often). In Preview, under Tools menu, there is Adjust Color option (option+command+C key combo). Click that and you get a little panel with options of Temperature and Tint . Try playing around with those, before you do the printing in Preview. In the case of a "warm" print, slide either of them to the left.

  • Thanks! I used the first temporary fix to get it. For the three color sliders (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow), +10, +3, +3 (respectively) did the trick – NoahL Apr 22 '17 at 1:19
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Can't comment yet, so here's my first ever answer!

My old, really old, Pixma used to have a colour calibration feature where it'll print off a test page with tables of hundreds of coloured squares that could then be put into the scanner and it would calibrate the printer; if that still exists in Canon Pixma printers?

If the monitor has been calibrated, and your prints still aren't right, you could just adjust the values in the "printer driver utility"/"custom ICC profile"/"operating system colour manager" options instead, using a test sheet as a reference (or Pantone/other colour swatches, I've heard people using Dulux swatches on a budget/free), both physical and from their website if you don't have a hardware calibration tool).

  1. Match the physical swatch/colour card to the monitor/digital version.
  2. Match a new, stable, print of those same swatches to the monitor.
  3. Adjust the "driver utility"/"ICC profile"/"operating system settings" accordingly until it matches as close as possible.

I've noticed that the types of papers you print on can make a difference too, I used to have separately calibrated, regularly updated profiles for different mediums. I've not made print for a while, but I recall the glossy paper that I used made my pictures have a mild yellow/green cast and one type of matte paper always left things slightly blue for example. Each change needed a profile that wanted updating often.

It's also worth noting the importance of ambient light. Again about stressing calibration; I have a 5500 kelvin 125w bulb as an ambient working light, this is amazing to work with. However, I also have a 6700 kelvin 125w bulb which vastly changes everything. I have over 10 calibrations for my monitor alone covering daylight, different bulbs, web images, product images, and whether it's day or night. I just rotate and keep them updated every 2-4 weeks, and each photoshoot starts with a colour chart calibration photo to dial in the lighting/colour for that shoot. Proofing can be hard work!

All that aside, I have never had more issues than I did with inks, before the final straw I just bought larger quantities and topped them up by making a small hole in the cartridge and using a large hypodermic needle. Although even this became tedious after so long with cartridges being chipped to say empty and stop the printer working even though they were full (not sure whether this applies to other printers or just the one I had). Of course this was 5-7 years ago too, things may be different now.

In the end I cheated and now get everything printed somewhere else :P

I'm sure there's tonnes more I've missed or not explained correctly, but sleep awaits!

  • The ability to print the test chart definitely still exists, but using the tool I found, it requires a Colormunki Photo to calibrate ($400 I don't want to spend!). Do you remember how you were able/what software allowed you to use a scanner to scan the test chart? I have a scanner easily available. – NoahL Apr 20 '17 at 19:55
  • @NoahL - Ouch, yeah that's not cheap... It was all built into the printer and it's drivers I think... You either had to run the option through the driver itself (through Windows XP/Vista, it was a right-click on the icon in the task tray > properties > Calibrate; or "Hardware and Devices" > right-click > properties > Calibrate), or, switch it on holding the "maintenance" button for 5 seconds then cycle through to some mode with a number which was detailed out in the manual itself. – Timeless Apr 21 '17 at 15:31
  • @NoahL - I just had a quick search for "use a scanner to calibrate a printer" and the top result was this. They have a demo version (not sure on restrictions though); there's possibly many other options from other sites to look into too. – Timeless Apr 22 '17 at 8:18
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In the print options, Photoshop specifically, set the Printer to manage the color. That changed everything for me. Why, because my printer will not change. My laptop will, my display will, my printer will not. You need to learn what the printer does well and what it doesn't and compensate in Photoshop accordingly. For this reason, I only print from Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. The client is not basing their love of prints off your computer, only the paper they are printed on.

I only use Semi-gloss. That is my personal preference.

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