Post # 1
A good friend is designing our invite suite. She sent me a version of the invite itself as a PDF, which I printed out to get a better idea of how it would look.
My dilemma is that the colors are no where near as vibrant in my printed out version as they are in the PDF on the computer.. almost a different shade entirely. Our printer is relatively new and pretty decent.. not laser, but a good ink jet.
Does anyone have an idea of what could be causing the color discrepancy, or know of a possible way to fix it? I would love to print the invites out at home when the time comes, but am realizing I may have to take them to a printer (like Kinkos, etc).
Any help would be awesome!
Post # 3
The only thing I could think that may help is if you need a new ink cartridge but colors will always look different on screen and in print. Perhaps she can save it at a higher resolution but I don’t know if that will make any difference.
Post # 4
Try going into your printer settings. Your printer may be set to print in draft form to save ink. There should be a higher quality setting in the preferences. Also, if you print it out as a photo or a brochure, the print quality should be better.
Post # 5
Is your friend designing the invites using CMYK color?
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
Ink jets don’t print as vibrant as what you see on screen. This is also true pretty much for all printing, although something commercially printed could be brighter depending on the ink used. Has your friend printed it out on her printer?
The easiest way for her to fix it is to get a physical sample of the color you want (fabric swatch or something), try different colors on her or your printer (whoever is going to print it), and change the color value until it matches the swatch. It could be as easy as taking any black out of the color value she is using.
Post # 7
Check your color printer settings. You can usually toggle between “draft” mode (less ink used) and high quality mode (more ink used & more vibrant colors).
Also, printing on thicker paper/card stock may help but be careful not to jam the printer.
Post # 8
This is often a problem when printers and monitors are not calibrated. My suggestion would be to print out a Pantone set (like these images here) on YOUR printer (or whichever one you choose) on the paper you plan to use. (The paper type does make a bit of a difference on how the colors appear.) Then use this to pick the colors you want – your friend should be able to switch the colors of your invitation designs to match the Pantone numbers listed below the colors you have chosen on the chart. Then, when you print the colors should be correct, even if it doesn’t look right on the screen. Does that make sense?
Post # 9
I’m definitely going to fiddle with the printer settings tonite..
@noritake22: I read elsewhere about setting it to photo quality, I’m hopeful that this will work!
@DeathByDesign: As far as I know, it’s CMYK color. She’s using Illustrator.
@bellagio:Thanks for the suggestion with the swatches, never thought of that! I know that she printed it out on her printer and didn’t report much difference between the colors on the computer and on the print out.
@KatNYC2011:I was also wondering if thicker paper would help. Will try this out as well.
Thanks for the suggestions, all!
Post # 10
@gloss:Makes total sense, especially since there’s such discrepancy between the colors as is. Thanks!
Post # 11
I think that it’s really hard to print something from your home printer if there is a lot of colors (think about all the ink! Yikes!). We also have a PDF of our invites (full color invites) and we used Catprint to print them. You can actually request a hard-copy proof of your order before they print the rest for you. You can also request through their website a Wedding Samples packet so you can see the different paper and how it prints (fully color samples too!). Overall, it’s pretty economical – the RSVP were about $17 and the full invite was about $35. You probably would spend more on ink alone if you were doing it yourself.
Post # 12
@neontl:I was researching about this elsewhere on the Bee yesterday and heard A LOT of great things about Catprint.. the more I think about it, I may just go with them. I’ll have to get a test copy and see how it looks. Thanks for the suggestion!