I bought a Canon Selphy, a small photo printer that is easy to use and compact in storage. After some consideration I decided to go for the ES30 model, due to the fact that I do not need the internal storage. So I didn’t need the ES3 model which was more expensive.
The first test was a print from a memory card that can be plugged into the device. And I have to say I was slightly impressed (looking at the price / quality ratio). Then I decided to place the photo on my PC and connect the Selphy via an USB cable and print via the Lightroom print module. I used the included software, Ulead Photo Express LE. I got the same result as when I printed from the memory card.
After toying a bit with Photo Express I decided to try printing via Adobe Lightroom 2.0. I used the printer module in LR and I was shocked by the result. The photos were too dark, did not had any contrast, and the colors were too flat. Huge problem! All my work is stored in Lightroom and if I want to print something, I would like to do this via Lightroom.
Several searches via Google did not bring my any result. So I decided to call the Canon service center, big mistake! Total waste of money! A very rude conversation via the telephone, and no solution was given. But I will spare you the details.
After several more searches I found an article that described a similar problem but for an older Selphy model. They writer suggested to use an ICC profile. I could have figured that out by myself. But the problem is that you need expensive hard- and software to create a good profile.
Then in another article I found suggestion to use a completely different ICC profile (made for another printer, I assume). And you know what? It worked!
So at the moment I’m using an ICC profile created for a completely different printer, suggested for a very old Selphy model and it works perfectly fine.
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