sillysoo 10:16 01 Sep 04

Hi, Can anyone help me with some info on decent printers for photographs. I currently have an Epson photo stylus 790 and find it useless. I also use an Epson Scanner, the Epson Perfection model. The scanner seems to scan in OK as the colour looks correct on the computer screen. But when I come to print it out the colour is all wrong and I am not happy at all with the overall finish of the photos. I have tried changing all sorts of settings on it but it always comes down to a bad reproduction. I use Epson ink (even though it is very expensive) and Epson paper so that is not the problem. Which printers have the best capability for photos, as I want to do a lot of repairs to old photos, even the black and white ones don't come out as seen on the screen. I am running windows XP.home and use Photoshop 6....Thanks in advance

  cga 10:24 01 Sep 04

I have the same printer as you and can get VERY good results. Make sure you have your print setting to the high quality photo setting.

Beyond that I have found that the quality of the print is highly dependant on the paper quality. Even different qualities of photo paper make an amazing difference.

Sorry if this does not help but that is my experience.

  sillysoo 10:28 01 Sep 04

Hi CGA Thanks for your answer. Which paper do you use and which settings?....Thanks

  cga 10:32 01 Sep 04

I am at work at the moment. I will let you know this evening.

  jbaker65 10:35 01 Sep 04

I use photo paper from 'Aldi' It costs £7 for 50 sheets and gives excellent results. Make sure your printer settings are for high quality photo.

  €dstowe 10:40 01 Sep 04

Have a look at some of the suggestions here click here especially the recommendation about going to your local processor.

  961 11:05 01 Sep 04

It's often very difficult to print a photo with the same colours as showing on your screen, the reason being that the processes used to produce the colours are different. Programmes such as Photoshop elements have bits in them to equate the colours, but they are not easy to use and can give mixed results.

I've got an Epson photo printer and it gives a terrific photo prints up to A4 size, but the colours are not always true, tending to give a purple tint to reds. I use Kodak heavier weight glossy picture paper which comes in packs of 75 sheets and is often at half price when PCWorld have a sale. You can easily spend much much more on paper but I find it gives excellent results.

I've also got a fairly recent HP printer (5550) and I find that this gives me much better colours than the Epson. I use the same paper, but even with compatible inks the results are excellent. HP bring out new printers every 6 months or so, and you can often find one at half price after the new range is introduced

Computer mags review ink jets every few months and although you can easily pay up to £200 the one I bought was originally about £90 I think and is more than good enough for me

  sillysoo 11:46 01 Sep 04

Thanks everyone for your comments. I will try them all. Just one more question. Why doesn't the printed photo look like the original scanned photo, lets forget what we see on the screen, why do you think that it doesn't look identical or nearly so?.Is it the scanner or the printer?...

  jack 12:18 01 Sep 04

There are so many factors involved in getting prints to look like an original that there is not room here ,I have wrote a paper on the topic more then ten years ago and have recently up dates it. [sent me a mail with- use the envelope and I'll mail you a copy]
Working with what you have however use the best quality paper you can affort - My personal best is Ilford Galeriea -but is personal choice,
When setting the printer up to print select
'Glossy Film' this sloshes less invk and gives a crisper image.
Also Set the screen using the Adobe uttility in Control Panel.
But essential bear in mind that the Screen 'see's
24 million colours, but the printer has to sort it with only 4 [including those that use tints]
and the two processer are different -one is calles additive colour [screen] and the other is called subtractive colour [printed images]
There will always be a difference -you'we have to try to hit a compromise that suits us.

  roy 13:17 01 Sep 04


I have been using an Epson Stylus Photo 700 since they first came out and have no complaints about the photo it can print. Just one silly question. Have you run the Nozzle Check utility lately. It is part of the Epson software. If your colours are so different it sounds to me that you may have some blocked nozzles. Worth a check.

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