Match colors

Match colors

The process of matching printer output color to your computer screen is complex, because printers and computer monitors use different methods of producing color. Monitors display colors by using light pixels that use an RGB (red, green, blue) color process, but printers print colors by using a CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) process.

Several factors can influence your ability to match printed colors to those on your monitor:

Print media

Printer colorants (inks or toners, for example)

Printing process (inkjet, press, or laser technology, for example)

Overhead lighting

Personal differences in perception of color

Software programs

Printer drivers

Computer operating systems


Video cards and drivers

Operating environment (humidity, for example)

Keep these factors in mind when colors on your screen do not perfectly match your printed colors.

For most users, the best method for matching colors is to print sRGB colors.

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HP CP1510 Match colors