I am an enthusiast of digital photo and I have been printing some good pictures on my epson 1280 printer with canned profiles and some that are not so good. My pictures look some times far different on the screen of my laptop than what I get on my printer. I am letting photoshop CS doing all the color management work, not the printer. I have noticed some pictures that print with close colors but darker than what I see on the screen and some times pictures that print with a skin tone completely off of what I see on the screen.
I have not calibrated my monitor and it has no profile attached to the display in windows (xp pro sp2). Is it worthy to spend $319 on the bundle coloreyes/DPT94 to profile my laptop monitor (I do not want to have an external monitor yet)? What should I expect after calibrating it (will I be able to have less difference on the screen and the printing?
Thanks for your help.