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Quote: Frustrated at wasting ink and A3 paper is an understatement.
I used to get frustrated wasting chemicals & paper doing darkroom printing
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For about £50 you can get a colour profile made professionally to give you spot on results for your printer/ink/paper combination. At the cost of inks and paper it soon pays for itself and I would highly recommend it.
If you want more freedom and you have a decent scanner you can also buy software to produce the profiles yourself, but that is more faff and you have to first calibrate your scanner (which the software should do for you).
Some paper manufacturers will give you a profile for free (Permajet for example).
Quote: For about £50 you can get a colour profile made professionally
That's extremely expensive. You can now get one for around £15, even less if you shop around and you want more than one doing.
It's several years since I got one and I paid £30. I just assumed they would have gone up not down.
Thankfully the prices have come down a lot
Quote: you can get a colour profile made professionally to give you spot on results for your printer/ink/paper combination
Can you put a couple of links to sites where they can be purchased.
I have just upgraded my monitor calibration to Xrite i1 Display Pro. Unfortunately I just couldn't run to the printer profiling version as it was nearly £300. and I really don't do enough printing to warrant spending that amount of dosh.
Seems to work well although my on screen colours were good the screen was too bright and this was after I had already turned the brightness down to what I thought was correct!
Pure Profiles is the one I used to use.
I hardly ever print on my own inkjet. I tend to send out to http://printing-1.co.uk/ . It takes longer, but the print quality is really good.
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