I am trying to get prints from my epson stylus photo R1800 to reasonable match the image as it appears on my Dell 20" Flat panel LCD. I have a monaco OPTIXxr calabration device. I have read the helpful articles on your wiki.
To match a white image on the monitor to a piece of print paper requires that I turn the brightness of the monitor all the way down to 0.
When I use the calibration software I am using the advanced mode. It asks for white and black luminance target values. How can I determine what these should be?
The default values are 100 for white and 0.6 for black. With the monitor brightness control set to 0, I measure using the software and hardware device. I get 60.8 and 0.13. Pretty far off the default target values. With the monitor brightness turned up to 20 after measuring I get 96.7 and 0.19. This is however a brighter setting than will match the photo paper I hold up.
I have gone through the calibration process a number of times previously. I have been using a profile that I created back in June. If at the “enter target luminance values” step I choose load from profile and select my profile from June it gives target values of 139 and 0.24.
My problem is that while my colors come out pretty well the prints are definately too dark by a very noticeable amount. So per the wiki I’m thinking I need to get the monitor brightness turned down. Should I use lower luminance values to accomplish this? How low of a value is “reasonable”?
Also I am using correct color managed printing workflow via photoshop with epson icc profiles for the Epson paper I am using.
I bought the hardware calibrator and new printer and new monitors hoping to have my prints match my monitor (or vice versa). I tried hard to get it all working but ran out of time available to deal. Now I’m trying round two. Sorry for such a long post. Any advice or insight will be greatly appreciated!