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I have a good photo printer that has always printed my digital photos beautifully, however, recently the photos have been coming out much too dark. I have to edit them and adjust the exposure to very light and the prints still come out a bit too dark. When I send the photos out for professional printing without editing the exposure, they come back perfectly, so I know the problem is with either my printer or my photo paper. I've been using a professional grade glossy photo paper, but the box of paper I'm using is about 2 1/2 years old. There's nothing on the box about the paper expiring. My question: does photo paper degrade after 2+ years? Thanks in advance
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I suspect it is more the settings of your printer that are not set for the right type of paper.
Your screens is not "calibrated", meaning what you see on your screen is not what prints. Most screens that come with computers are of regular quality made for internet viewing etc... After a few year the screen goes out of wack. I have a spyder color calibrator that I succion cup onto the screen and follow the calibration process, I do it once a month. the calibration bring your screen inline with most photo printers profiles.

When you send out your print for a professional print, they will ajust the colors/tone of the print UNLESS you specify otherwise. They do it by defaut even the pro shops.
After a few years of fussing with my home printer, I've gone to dumping the files I want to print and taking them to the local camera store. They have a great kiosk that allows you to size, crop and otherwise edit your pics and then print on your choice of paper sizes and types. The fact that the manager there is super hot has nothing to do with this decision. Wink

What Vinaigre said. If your monitor and printer are not calibrated, you are essentially just shotgunning what the finished print will look like. What you see is not what you will get.

You simply can't judge the outcome without calibration.

If you are going to do much serious printing at all, you need tools to do so. I also use the Spyder tools for both monitor and printer calibration but there are others.

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