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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 used by your printer.

In this post, I’ll explain how to get the correct color profile for your printer.

Monitors display the primary colors as light of red, green, and blue (RGB). All other colors are a mixture of primary colors.

 

 

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, printers use CMYK profile.  That's cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.  To get the best printouts, you have to use the printer profile so that what you see on the screen is what's printed.

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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