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Lightroom in 60-Seconds: Getting The Brightness Of Your Prints to Match What You Saw On Screen

If you’ve ever made a print and it came out way darker than what you saw on screen, here’s a great Lightroom Classic tip on how to get the two to match so your print and your screen brightness is right on the money!

Hope you found that helpful.

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  1. Stuart 12 April, 2021 at 04:56 Reply

    I gave this a try and the images were certainly lighter as wanted. Only problem I had was that the images had significant banding across the image.

  2. Martin Tolley 17 April, 2020 at 04:31 Reply

    Also edit pix on a white background (or at least not black) to get a better idea of the colour. I have an EIZO monitor which comes with some software that links with Epson printers to give a better match between the two outputs. I am also surprised at how much difference varying paper types make to the final print

  3. Andy Crouch 15 April, 2020 at 11:43 Reply

    The reason why your prints are too dark is simply you have your monitor too bright. You want a luminance of about 100 to 150 cd2 and good calibration software/viewing conditions. Myth, you are not going to exactly match your print with what you see on your monitor but you will get pretty close. Its basic colourmanagement, cheers Andy

    • Callmebob 15 April, 2020 at 12:27 Reply

      Get on Facebook and look up Scott Kelby, its there with an image of a woma in goldish tone. No idea as to what link was about.

  4. Kyle Hanson 14 April, 2020 at 05:57 Reply

    Nice tip and will give it a go. Something I do is use my light meter to measure my paper in the light it’ll be under and then use the meter on my monitor to set the same brightness.

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