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How to Get the Best Print Out for Scrapbooks

Have you ever wondered why your printed pictures look nothing like what you see on your monitor? That’s because the color profile for the web is different from the color profile uses for print.

In this post, I’ll explain how to get the correct printout for your printer. As a scrap booker, there are times when I just need to print a picture at home.

All other colors are mixtures of primary colors. These mixtures are secondary colors. There’s a whole lot of theory behind colors, but I’m keeping it simple here.

Monitors display the primary colors as light of red, green, and blue (RGB). All other colors are a mixture of primary colors. If you have the time, do a little research on Color Theory, It’s fascinating.

Monitors display the primary colors as light of red, green, and blue (RGB).
Primary colors are mixed to create secondary colors.

On the other hand, prints are made by using the colors of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). To get the best printouts, you have to understand how to translate the colors on your screen so your printer can understand.

Printer colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK).
Printer colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK)

If you’re creating for the web, set up your documents with a web color profile.  However, when you want to print out your creations, set up your document’s color profile for print.

Web Page Setup
Print Page Set Up

In summary, if you want to preview your picture, make sure you set up your file in the correct color profile for your printer.

Screen shot of printing menu in Affinity Designer
Screen shot of printing menu in Affinity Designer

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