I can see that this forum is quite advanced and my question is really a newbie question. Please be patients with me, or recommend me a forum, where I could get my question answered.
Recently I purchased a used i1Photo Pro spectrophotometer. My idea was that I will use it for my scanner, monitor and printer calibration and I get best results possible out of those three. I have spent over two weeks experimenting and I still cannot get the results. I use monitor DELL U2410, printer/scanner Canon MP510. I calibrated all of them. I also tested the I1 Gretagmacbeth device and the diagnostic program reports no issues. It seems to be difficult for me to see whether I calibrated scanner and monitor well, because I would be comparing paper print with screen picture. Because of that I thought that I will scan a photo and print it out using custom profiles and compare with the original as a test. I understand, there are limitations, but I expected to get quite close results. This is not happening. Scanned picture on the screen looks to me like a well color profiled (colors match as much I can say), but when I print it out using my custom built profile, it is horrible. It has very limited contrast (some details literary disappear in a dark areas) and blue background is not a same blue color as the original photo and skin tone is reddish or yellowish. I tried many different combinations with different results, but all of them were unsatisfactory. My profiles were created in I1 match3 and Profilemaker 5. I would like to understand whether this is something I do wrong, whether it is limitation of my cheap printer/scanner or it is an unrealistic expectation. Right now I feel frustrated, because the equipment I bought is not doing its magic.
Any help, comment or idea is welcome. I started to read a book about a color theory, which indicates that it is not as easy as it sounds, but it still doesnt give me an answer where the problem lies. I hope that somebody here can help.
Thank you in advance for your help.