Dark and flat colors when printing via Canon Selphy?

If you experience dark and flat colors when you print to your Canon Selphy from Adobe Lightroom, don’t worry. There is a easy solution to fix this problem.

You need an ICC printer profile. And you need to activate it in Lightroom.
Tested on a Canon Selphy ES-30 (but should give same result on older models)

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Download the profile canon-selphy.icc.
  2. Save it somewhere on your PC where you will be able to find it again.
  3. Go to the file and double click it. (or right click and choose ‘install profile’)
  4. Then open Lightroom and select the photos that you want to print to your Canon Selphy.
  5. Got to the print module and on the right side scroll down to ‘color management’
  6. There you can set your profile, click on the arrows next to ‘managed by printer’ and choose ‘other’, the ‘Canon Selphy.icc’ should be in the list. If not something went wrong at step 3.
  7. Make sure you set the other settings like ‘page setup’ and everything else you want to change
  8. Press print.

You should have a photo printed by your Canon Selphy that has the right colors and the right contrast.

Hope this helped.

And if you want to read more about ICC profiles then follow this link International Color Consortium.

I have found an ICC profile for the Selphy CP720. I do not have that model but maybe you do and is this file helpfull. Use the file following the method described above.
Download the profile Selphy-CP720-OK.icc.

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18 thoughts on “Dark and flat colors when printing via Canon Selphy?

  1. I have not tried the canon-selphy.icc, but at least the selphy-cp720 profile doesn’t do much when used with PS. There’s no way to disable ICM in the printer dialog which could be part of the problem.
    So far the best solution for me is to convert my photos to sRGB, then do touchups in PS, open the photo in Canon’s/ULead’s enclosed photo software and print it from there. It’s still not an accurate match but a lot closer than what I get from PS.

  2. Thanks for your trick and work.
    I had exactly the same problem and you saved me!
    I didn’t know how to get a good printing from Lightroom to my Selphy ES30;
    It’s now working like a charm.
    Thanks again !

  3. Thank you so much for this. I was frustrated with the colors from my Selphy CP770 and worked on it for many hours (and prints). Using the 720 profile and having PS manage colors, plus using “perceptual” in the drop down list helped tremendously.

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  6. This worked for me to open up the shadows as my prints were always dark from the selphy cp900. The question is why this is even necessary. Is the canon software different than Lightroom? I havent done too much testing as dont want to waste too much paper /ink. But this seems to be a good solution thanks!

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