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Sep 25, 2020

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I am using LrC on an iMac 27 inch, color corrected with xRite i1Display Studio.  Before printing on my Canon printer or sending work out to a photo lab, I have been pre-checking the images  in the Lightroom Develop Module by Soft Proofing with a profile appropriate to the photo paper.  The results I acheive on paper are true as far as color, but are always too dark for my taste.  Maybe by as much as a full stop from what I am seeing on the screen.  It is not an issue limited to my printer, or partiular paper, and it is true with B&W prints, too.  I am guessing its an issue with my White Point being set too high on my monitor.  But before monkeying around with it, I thought I would ask the community for ideas how to get what I am seeing on the screen closer to what comes out on paper.  

Also, on the LrC Print Module, there is a slider under Print Adjustment called "Brightness."  I have no idea what it does and it doesn't seem to change what I see on the screen.  Is that the place to fix this?

Thanks in advance for sharing your wisdom and experience.

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Why are my prints too dark?
A video update to a written piece on subject from 2013
In this 24 minute video, I'll cover:

Are your prints really too dark?
Display calibration and WYSIWYG
Proper print viewing conditions
Trouble shooting to get a match
Avoiding kludges that don't solve the problem

High resolution: http://digitaldog.net/files/Why_are_my_prints_too_dark.mp4
Low resolution: https://youtu.be/iS6sjZmxjY4

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How to, Mac, Performance, Presets or profiles, Problem or error

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Photo prints invariably too dark

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I am using LrC on an iMac 27 inch, color corrected with xRite i1Display Studio.  Before printing on my Canon printer or sending work out to a photo lab, I have been pre-checking the images  in the Lightroom Develop Module by Soft Proofing with a profile appropriate to the photo paper.  The results I acheive on paper are true as far as color, but are always too dark for my taste.  Maybe by as much as a full stop from what I am seeing on the screen.  It is not an issue limited to my printer, or partiular paper, and it is true with B&W prints, too.  I am guessing its an issue with my White Point being set too high on my monitor.  But before monkeying around with it, I thought I would ask the community for ideas how to get what I am seeing on the screen closer to what comes out on paper.  

Also, on the LrC Print Module, there is a slider under Print Adjustment called "Brightness."  I have no idea what it does and it doesn't seem to change what I see on the screen.  Is that the place to fix this?

Thanks in advance for sharing your wisdom and experience.

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Correct answer by thedigitaldog | Adobe Community Professional

Why are my prints too dark?
A video update to a written piece on subject from 2013
In this 24 minute video, I'll cover:

Are your prints really too dark?
Display calibration and WYSIWYG
Proper print viewing conditions
Trouble shooting to get a match
Avoiding kludges that don't solve the problem

High resolution: http://digitaldog.net/files/Why_are_my_prints_too_dark.mp4
Low resolution: https://youtu.be/iS6sjZmxjY4

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Why are my prints too dark?
A video update to a written piece on subject from 2013
In this 24 minute video, I'll cover:

Are your prints really too dark?
Display calibration and WYSIWYG
Proper print viewing conditions
Trouble shooting to get a match
Avoiding kludges that don't solve the problem

High resolution: http://digitaldog.net/files/Why_are_my_prints_too_dark.mp4
Low resolution: https://youtu.be/iS6sjZmxjY4

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Very helpful video. Thanks for sharing. 

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