I'm relatively new to making digital layouts. I think this will be something I will LOVE but I'm frustrated with my attempts at printing. I can't figure out why, when I print from Photoshop Elements, the colors on the screen are not even close to what comes out of my printer. However, if I pull the file up in Illustrator, the colors are true (but the resolution is off). Can anyone shed light for me on what's going on here? I am so frustrated by my lack of knowledge! :-) Thanks for your input!
It also depends on the actual colors in the file and whether or not they're achievable when printed. Some colors can be created for viewing on the monitor, but the inks don't have the capability to match them. Not sure that makes sense. The colors might be out of gamut.
I never print directly from PSE - you're right the colors and quality are horrible! I save my file in jpg form, then print it out from my fave Irfan View application. (Not trying to plug for them or anything, but I've always liked how the printing controls that program offers.)
I think this thread also could apply to us hybrid girls. I really have to tweak the brightness and saturation to achieve the colors I see onscreen. interesting - I'd love to know more! keep tossing those suggestions out!
I may have to sit and do some small 2 x 2 inch squares with the different suggestions here to see how to get the best printing for my hybrid projects!
Can you try saving your file as a PDF and then opening it in Acrobat? You'll get different colors there, too, but you might find you like them. I've had good luck that way when things weren't printing right out of certain applications.