How to make printer colours match display

It can be frustrating to have a great image on your Windows PC, but find that when you print out a paper copy the colours aren’t the same. There are a number of reasons this can happen – a badly calibrated monitor or printer, the type of paper you use, using old or incorrect printer drivers, or simply too many colours in the original image – but there are a few steps you can take to remedy the situation or at least improve it.

Here are the ways you can make the colours of your printed images match those you see on your PC or laptop display.

Before you plough on through the methods below, know that some printers simply cannot replicate the colours you see on your monitor. Many home printers have three or four colours to play with and these must be combined to produce the wide range of colours – the gamut – that are present in most photos. Printers aren’t all created equal and may not be able to reproduce subtle changes in colour or certain skin tones. 

Also, bear in mind that laser printers are usually much worse at printing photos than inkjet printers.


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