Hi all I have a KonicaMinolta 5430DL color laser printer, as it has been promised to me it would be kind of good for printing photos. The resolution is in fact very good, but the colors are.
The specifications state that ICC profiles should be included (I should rather say, built-in), but it seems they're useless. The color balance is way off, the images are too contrasty.
The software/hardware combo cost $500 separately but provides an interface for creating and editing ICC profiles for printers and displays. Designed to work only with the newest HP wide-format printers, it can edit ICC profiles for other networked printers, including Xerox. Printer calibration is dependent upon paper used.
I've tried several profiles at hand in Photoshop (I had a few from Epson), they all yield some result, but are far from acceptable. Does anybody have good ICC profiles for the KM 5430DL printer, either downloaded somewhere or self-made? Anybody having suggestions on how to encourage my printer to print reasonable colors? I am using Mac OS X 10.4.3. Thanks -Simon.
I have the KM 2350, and been quite happy with it for over a year and a half. The main difference is the resolution and the print speed. (the 2350 does 9600x500 rez). I print out of InDesign, and built a custom profile using ColorVision products. Prints look pretty darn good. There still is some 'cross-over' in gray ramps, but not too bad.
(would not print B&W using color though!) I use it to custom print 5x7 folded note cards. People seem quite impressed with their quality-many images superior to 4-color commercial printing! But some images (especially high key) are tough to get looking good.
John Nollendorfs simima wrote: Hi all I have a KonicaMinolta 5430DL color laser printer, as it has been promised to me it would be kind of good for printing photos. The resolution is in fact very good, but the colors are.
The specifications state that ICC profiles should be included (I should rather say, built-in), but it seems they're useless. The color balance is way off, the images are too contrasty. I've tried several profiles at hand in Photoshop (I had a few from Epson), they all yield some result, but are far from acceptable.
Does anybody have good ICC profiles for the KM 5430DL printer, either downloaded somewhere or self-made? Anybody having suggestions on how to encourage my printer to print reasonable colors? I am using Mac OS X 10.4.3. Thanks -Simon. I got the KM 2450, and it has really good quality prints, I was especially interested in smooth gradients, as most color problems are fixable.
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The 2450 is great on gradients, the different dot gradients they advertise is true. I was skeptical at first, so I sent my own picture to them and have some samples sent from the 2450, 2430 and 2400.
The 2450 was significantly smoother and when examined through an 8X loupe you could really see the different dot gradients (you can't see the dots on the 2450 without a loupe or looking really close). It does really work for high quality brochures, cards, calendars, etc. I just can't get Corel Draw to print decent colors. It is just horrible, so I have been having to export to Qimage as TIFF files, then I use the PS driver, and choose ICM, and on 'details', choose ICM handled by printer using printer calibration. I also turn ICM in qimage off. The colors come out really good then.
GregE wrote: You might want to find a couple of posts by Klyment Tan about color lasers. He recently put in some kind of monster that is really working well, he also tried the KM 2450 and found it to be less than suitable.
None of these laser printers discussed here does '9600x1200'DPI nor '2400x600', not even 1200 DPI. All of them are 600 DPI, they just use different gradient and dithering technologies, like the 2450 I wrote about.
They will say 1200 DPI 'quality' or 9600x600 DPI 'class' and some of them will just plain lie. They'll tell you the truth if you email them and ask directly (I did that). Someone in this forum said something like the toner particles were too big to actually make 2400 DPI, as an inkjet easily can do. Nevertheless, the technology on the 2450 really works great.
Here's an update on the problem. As KonicaMinolta couldn't help, I have invested in Colorvision products in order to calibrate everything, from monitor to printer.
And, oh miracle, the results are now very good. Glad the printer can do it. But the sad point is that without that calibration software, the printer is incapable of printing reasonable photo quality. Although KM claims the printer to be a good photo printer (for a laser).
Result:. the printer can do it. the KM driver for Mac is useless in terms of color rendition, despite KM's specs. you need Colorvision (or another calibration software) to do it. Anybody wishing to have my profiles, don't hesitate to send me an email.
Color Darkroom is an ICC profile editor that allows you to edit and fine tune your printer's color Profiles. Eliminate unwanted color casts. Create profiles that correct for metamerism. Accurately print Duotones, and adjust profiles for unsupported paper types. If you cannot afford an expensive color calibration system costing $3500.00 or more, or have found that the less expensive systems do not work that well, Color Darkroom is for you!
Color Darkroom allows editing existing ICC color profiles, darkroom familia and saving them with new names and descriptions. After adjusting your profile, use it over and over. Print accurate colors, grays and Duotones without color casts. Correct 'SPOT' colors for Company logos also. Color Darkroom works like Photoshop's curves, but much more powerful. It allows precise control of the colors your printer outputs. There are two editing sections that allow making overall color adjustments, or adjusting spot colors.