What’s wrong with my print? Why is my print so dark?
Feb. 20, 2019
“When your print is too dark, your monitor is too bright.” according to Daniel Gregory.The answer came out of the blue while I wasn’t even really looking for it. I had put the print aside and was going to spend the evening researching all the possible causes. But I was still at work. I was only half listening to the Creative Live show as I was finishing up grading papers and putting things away for the afternoon when the answer seemed to come out of the blue. Was it true? Was my monitor too bright?
Ah, yes it was! When I did the monitor calibration on my laptop, I skipped the brightness test. I couldn’t decipher the keyboard shortcut for raising and lowering the brightness level, my ADD kicked in and I got distracted and wandered on to the next step. Well, that came back to bite me. One wasted paper and a bit of wasted black ink (which was already running low) and now I’ve got to rip up that print (ouch!!) and make another.
Lesson learned: printing requires — no, demands — that you be methodical and precise. Not exactly my strong suite so I am being challenged to grow.
Next week: why is my print so blue? I thought I was printing a black and white…
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