Getting the Color Right on Edible Images

I'm having a horrible time getting the colors right printing on edible images. Reds are probably the worst, printing more like a coral color, rather than a true, deep red. And if I try to edit the picture, then it screws up the rest of the colors in the image by trying to get the red to print correctly. A friend mentioned that when she prints from a Word document - the colors are even worse. I've printed from word, PDF, jpeg, Corel Paint Shop, picasa and I think they are all equally horrible. Is it the ink? The paper (though I've used wafer and frosting sheets, both with the same outcome)? The printer? I got the Canon iP3600.

 

I guess it wouldn't be too bad if I was printing something like a logo that only had 2 colors - and I could edit the picture until it looked ok - but if I want to print a picture - forget it!! I spend hours (and multiple sheets of wasted frosting sheets) trying to get the color right. HELP!

 

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Hi Jill!

 

I have the same printer and I used to have the same problem...prior to printing to the printer (I click "print" and when the print options come up, I click on the "print properties"), I have to change they "type" of paper that I am printing to (I change it to "other photo paper") which then changes the print quality to high photo resolution. That seemed to help with the problem. Not sure if that will help you, but it's worth a shot...Good luck!!! 

I have the same printer as well - actually my second one.  I couldn't get anything to print in any color except a shade of blue green.  I tried everything, changing settings, new inks but in the end it was the printer head that holds the cartridges.  I had someone look at it and they said it was not fixable so I ordered another printer.  You can see from the pictures that what I was trying to print was in shades of gray blue but I kept getting greens. I had already baked the cookies so I had to go with what I could print.

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I have an Epson Stylus 415 something-or-other and have always had some minor color correction issues, especially when the ink cartridges were low or old. But never to the extent that you all seem to be having.

 

Are you sure you have the right/best color cartridges for that printer and the paper set to the type that is recommended for printing with food coloring? I use the Kopykake chart to determine what color cartridges to buy - and have generally had decent color success. Not perfect, but pretty good with minor adjustments in Photoshop.  http://www.kopykake.com/docume...PrinterInks-Xref.pdf

 

My bigger problems with this printer relate to the paper continually jamming . . .

 

Jaci (Ali's Sweet Tooth) probably has much better tips, since she seems to have had success with this particular Canon printer.

Your clogged print head could have been unclogged (I found this one out the hard way) by removing the print head from the printer and submerging it in rubbing alcohol over night, then running each color entry point on the print head under warm water until all of the colors came out of the appropriate places...customer service informed me of this AFTER I ordered 6 new cartridges AND the cartridge cleaner. After I complained to them about not telling me this first, the guy shipped me a brand new print head (which I still have in the packaging) in case if what he told me to do did not work -- which it did.
Edible printers are such a head ache some times!! Sorry that you had to purchase a whole new one...but if it clogs again, you'll know what to do.
Originally Posted by Sheila/Pixie's Treats:

I have the same printer as well - actually my second one.  I couldn't get anything to print in any color except a shade of blue green.  I tried everything, changing settings, new inks but in the end it was the printer head that holds the cartridges.  I had someone look at it and they said it was not fixable so I ordered another printer.  You can see from the pictures that what I was trying to print was in shades of gray blue but I kept getting greens. I had already baked the cookies so I had to go with what I could print.

 

Also, if you are going to try and clean the print head like I told you, make sure it's COMPLETELY dry before replacing in the printer (I am pretty sure they said for 24 hours)
Originally Posted by TheTailoredCookie:
Your clogged print head could have been unclogged (I found this one out the hard way) by removing the print head from the printer and submerging it in rubbing alcohol over night, then running each color entry point on the print head under warm water until all of the colors came out of the appropriate places...customer service informed me of this AFTER I ordered 6 new cartridges AND the cartridge cleaner. After I complained to them about not telling me this first, the guy shipped me a brand new print head (which I still have in the packaging) in case if what he told me to do did not work -- which it did.
Edible printers are such a head ache some times!! Sorry that you had to purchase a whole new one...but if it clogs again, you'll know what to do.
Originally Posted by Sheila/Pixie's Treats:

I have the same printer as well - actually my second one.  I couldn't get anything to print in any color except a shade of blue green.  I tried everything, changing settings, new inks but in the end it was the printer head that holds the cartridges.  I had someone look at it and they said it was not fixable so I ordered another printer.  You can see from the pictures that what I was trying to print was in shades of gray blue but I kept getting greens. I had already baked the cookies so I had to go with what I could print.

 

 

Julia, I didn't really think about the printer cartridges. I assumed that if you had a specific printer - you could only buy a specific cartridge to fit. In my case, I bought a 'combo' package where a set of "Inkedibles" cartridges came with the printer. I was thinking that maybe it was not the best ink - and maybe that was the problem. Maybe if I bought a different brand of ink to refill them - maybe that will help?? I don't know. (that was a lot of maybes)

 

TheTailoredCookie, I have changed the print setting (multiple times). I have it set to print at the highest quality - and I have noticed that choosing a different paper source does make a difference. (changing it from Matte Photo Paper to High Gloss Paper to Other Photo Paper) But I still can't get the colors anywhere close to what they are suppose to be.

 

This is all very frustrating because there is so much waste involved. You really can't test the pictures on regular paper - because it will show up differently when printed on the frosting sheets. I don't even want to think about how much money I've wasted printing out test sheets!

Don't forget... in whatever programm you make you picture

  1. that what you see on your screen is Writing with light - 
    RGB (Red-Green-Blue)
  2. that what you print is Writing with pigment/ink  - 
    CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK)

 

If your monitor isn't calibrated or your picture is built up from RGB colors (which in most programms are standard), it will never be that what you want....did you view something what you saw at home on someone else's computer, try it, it looks very different. 

 

 

rgb_hex_cmyk

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