Post # 1
We, like many others, are trying to save money on stationary for the wedding. I created invitations, save the dates, and thank you cards in InDesign CS2. I intended to print them at home, using Paper Source’s pre-cut notecards.
We purchased envelopes in our wedding colors and the stores provided matching CYMK ink colors. These CYMK colors appear accurate on my monitor and when printed at Kinkos. When printed on our personal Canon PIXMA MX 712, however, the aquamarine comes out as sky blue.
I’ve visited RGB-CYMK-Pantone conversion sites, printed close to 30 different RGB and 40 different CYMK colors at home, and none come out remotely accurate. I’ve fiddled around a bit with color management – have tried two different (already installed) sRGB profiles and two different “MX 712” color profiles.
Post # 3
@mordantmaxim: Matching colors is tough because of screen/printer calibration. What color paper are you trying to print on?
Post # 4
@becky_homecky: We’re printing on Paper Source’s white notecards, which feels to be about 40 to 50# in weight. They’re just regular white – not linen, not cotton, not SUPER neon white, not cream… just regular white cardstock.
Post # 5
@mordantmaxim: I had the exact same problem! My theme is Aqua and I couldn’t get the printer to print aqua it kept coming out sky blue too. In the end I couldn’t get the colour I was after but I got it to print more teal which was better than nothing. I was using word though and I had to change the colour intensity settings under printer properties from auto to manual and under the ‘matching’ tab I selected ‘none’. It was the only way I could get somewhat close to aqua. U can try printing it as a photo too which did produce an almost aqua shade but the printing took ages longer
Post # 6
@cuddlz88: Thanks for commenting! I’m just glad to know I’m not the only one who had difficulty with this. I was about to throw the printer out our 4th story window last night but after like 400 test prints, I finally found some wonky color settings that got us a teal that is close enough. (My fiance is a doll and didn’t say a word during my sighing and fist shaking.)
To top it all off, we also got our envelopes yesterday, and of course the sample paper swatch they sent us is more green than the envelopes, which are more blue. Oh well!
Post # 7
RGB values cannot be used for printing, they are only for viewing on the screen. You should always use CMYK for printing purposes. Also, chances are your home printer isn’t calibrated like a professional machine would be, and that’s another reason why your colors may look off. If that’s the case there’s not much you can do besides print a bunch of sample colors unfortunately.