I’m having problems getting the results I would like using a Fuji D-Lab 2+ printer profile.
I copy artwork and oil paintings for local artists. An exact match is not critical, but close would be nice! Currently, the colours, when compared to the originals, are looking very overexposed, washed out and lifeless. I’m getting complaints from customers.
I copy the artwork in my studio and included a Kodak 18% grey card in the image for calibration. My camera is a 21Mp Canon 1Ds Mk III.
My workflow then takes place as follows:
Open images in CS3 RAW converter, use auto settings
Open levels in CS3 and use midtone eyedropper on grey card
Save this JPG as master copy
Resize to 18x12 and 402ppi
Convert to profile using rendering intent relative colorimetric
Write image to CD
Mark CD, order form and envelope as “new profile”
My monitor is calibrated using Spyder3 Pro. On the screen the images look great - the colour match compares very well with the original side by side, yet the prints are still washed out.
Any comments on where I might be going wrong?