Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Sludgy printing - can anybody help?

Have any of you ever had a problem with a particular craft CD printing out very dark? I have three that do this, and the printouts from one of them end up too dark to be usable, with all the darker colours looking just about black and the lighter ones looking dirty, and any darker detail obscured. It ends up like trying to look at the image or paper through a very dirty window.
It can't be my printer because I have *mumbles embarrassingly large number* of other CDs that all print beautifully. I've tried using different settings but I'm really not sure what alterations I can try to get the best results. Do any of you have any suggestions for something to try?

This is an example of the kind of thing I'm talking about - the topper on this card has a sort of grey, sludgy cast when the colours on the screen when I open the file on the CD are perfectly clear and vivid.


  1. I know what you mean Jane. Have you tried taking it into a graphics program like MCS and brightening the image before printing it. Great card.

    Sue xx

  2. Fab card design Jane.
    Regarding your printer. I had to purchase a new printer and some of my colours were coming out darker than they should be. After researching I found that changing a setting to custom on the colour correction,then let me change how to print from photoEnhance to icm ( Image Color Management). This stopped the computer/printer deciding on what the colour should be and printed what it was meant to be. (I hope that makes sense)
    If you want to have a look at this when you go to print, go to more options (on the printer screen) you should see 'colour correction' click custom then Advanced and you hopefully will see a list of colour management options.
    It is possible that your printer comes up differently but there should still be a colour management button that you can change.
    I hope this help and works
    Best Wishes
    Lisa xx


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