Comments on: Using Lightroom 5 to Prepare an Image for Photo Lab Printing Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:58:41 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kathy Eyster Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:53:57 +0000 Hi Michael,

I have had prints made with WHCC and have not had problems with my prints being dark compared to my calibrated monitor. In fact I recently created a new account with MPix Pro which requires the same test printing and those prints all came back as good matches also.

I would suspect that your monitor brightness of 120 cd/m2 is probably the issue. 90 cd/m2 is definitely in the ball park of acceptable luminance. So if that’s what is needed to make a good match, I would use that setting. If it makes the screen too dark for other photo editing, then you could consider using a slightly higher luminance setting (maybe 100?) and use the Print Adjustment settings in the Print Job panel to compensate in the file. This will require more testing on your part to arrive at the right amount and probably you will have to pay for the prints.

Soft proofing would likely not have made much difference as you would only be proofing to the Adobe RGB space and not a specific paper profile.

The only other consideration would be the age and/or quality of your monitor, but if you can achieve calibration, then I would not look there first for the solution.

Hope this helps,

By: Michael Diegel Wed, 12 Feb 2014 02:02:31 +0000 Hello Kathy, Enjoyed your instruction if 2013 Summer Intensive. Thank you! I have recently sent some test print images to Whitehouse Custom Color (WHCC) and they came back unacceptably dark even though my monitor was calibrated with a X-rite Display calibrator. Luminance was set to 120 cd/m2. In order to get them more in line with WHCC, I felt that my luminance need to be set to about 90 cd/m2. Have you had any experience with WHCC and dark prints? I did not softproof the images initially. Would softproofing have improved my results? Any other suggestions?

By: Kathy Eyster Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:14:43 +0000 Roger, you can certainly export via the Library module. However, in the case of this image, the crop leaves the image just slightly smaller than 8×12 inches exactly. When I export this, I won’t see the difference until the image is printed and comes back with a thin white border. In this case, using the Print module gave me a visual preview which I was able to correct.

By: Roger Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:39:40 +0000 Useful article – but after working through the develop module (including softproofing), why not just export as jpg if the destination is a lab?