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Chapter 9. Troubleshooting > Prints or Books Aren't What You Expect

Prints or Books Aren't What You Expect

It's highly frustrating to order (and pay for) prints or books that aren't of the quality you expect. Follow these tips to avoid common problems:

  • Prints ordered via iPhoto often come back darker than is ideal. This may be because Mac and PC monitors have different color contrast settings, something called gamma. Macs usually use a gamma of 1.8, whereas PCs use a darker gamma of 2.2. The belief is that Kodak serves more PC customers and has thus tweaked its equipment so PC users don t think their prints look washed out.

    You can adjust your monitor to use PC gamma settings when working with photos. In the Color pane of the Displays preference pane, click the Calibrate button to run the Display Calibrator Assistant. Then work through the Display Calibrator Assistant, picking 2.2 Television Gamma in the third screen. When you re done, save the profile you created, and select it in the Color pane of the Displays preference pane.

  • Prints use a three-color process whereas books use a four-color process. Because black is added to photos in books, they can be slightly darker in books than when printed.

  • If prints in your order from Apple are garbled, the problem may be that the photos were modified in another application (like Photoshop) to use CMYK or grayscale format. To fix the photos, use another application to change the color space to RGB, which Apple requires for ordered prints and books.


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