I'm having a hard time getting accurate colors between calibration on my monitor; a Xerox C500 i'm using to proof, and the end result when sent to our production printer. I'm not sure exactly where my issue is:


  1. Color Settings: North America Prepress 2
  2. RGB: Adobe RGB 1998
  3. CMYK: US Web Coated SWPO v2
  4. Gray: Dot Gain 20%
  5. Spot: Dot Gain 20%
  6. Color Management: Preserve Embedded Profiles, Ask on mismatches
  7. Advanced: Blend text colors using gamma: 1.45
  8. Monitor is calibrated (X-Rite)

Proofing Printer (Xerox C500):

  1. Using latest Xerox postscript driver
  2. Have the printer ICC profile installed (Should i use printer profile or monitor profile?)
  3. When printing: "Allow printer to manage colors"


  • The screen differs quite a bit from my proof on the C500, especially when dealing with blues that come up much more purple.
  • If i send the same proof to our print shop, i get even more magenta and more purple when intended to have blue.
  • Its also an issue printing people, as they appear more red then skin toned.

I understand there will be slight variation between my monitor, the printer, and our print shop, but these are way off to the point where i just have to manually back out magenta to get it look acceptable. I'm confused to where my problem actually lies?

Additional Information

  • If i increase brightness +40 and back off the M channel i get skin tones that look somewhat natural when printed, but they look yellow/green on screen, and much brighter on screen versus printed.
  • As a test, I created a new document used my Pantone color bridge to set some swatches to known CMYK values and printed. The printed colors come out accurate, leading me to believe it may be a problem with the entire set of images i'm working with?
  • Assigning the ICC profile to the document does little to get it to render accurately
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    Hi DDulla, welcome to GD.SE. You should ask the printer for the color profile they use in their machines, read this answer
    – user120647
    Mar 12, 2019 at 21:03
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    Probably you want to take a look at some calibration hardware xrite.com/categories/calibration-profiling/i1studio
    – Rafael
    Mar 24, 2023 at 4:50
  • I take the approach that a previous generation of color specialists recommended: Learn the actual CMYK SWOP percentages for various skin tones. I had an excellent reference sheet from the book "Makready." Then you you aren't totally dependent on the monitor, proofer, and how well your eyes are working that day to get normal-looking people. The other important recommendation is to get color swatches from your actual printer. It's well known that CMYK cannot really produce rich royal blue without a hint of purple.
    – user8356
    Apr 17 at 17:43

1 Answer 1


You should use same CMYK profile for printer and for Adobe products. If printer have native ICC profile, then use this profile also in InDesign/Photoshop/Etc.

  • I have an ICC profile. In Photoshop Edit > Assign Profile > Select the ICC profile from the list. I still have darkness / magenta problem. If i adjust the image brightness around +40, and lower the entire M channel around 20-30%, it looks washed out on monitors and skin tones look yellow/green-ish; but i get fairly close to printing the colors correctly. Still stumped.
    – DDulla
    Mar 14, 2019 at 13:29
  • What ICC profile are you talking about?
    – mrserge
    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:19

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