Updated by Cassie
Not to worry – it’s pretty common! We have a fully colour-managed workflow in the studio which means we can achieve a near perfect screen to print match, however we can’t account for your monitor at home. While we do suggest you have proper monitor calibration in place to ensure the best possible colour accuracy, we also understand that this isn’t possible for everyone.
Most people find that their prints are a little darker than they expect, because most monitors are set with a brightness setting much higher than the ambient light setting in the room you’re working in. Furthermore, paper is a flat medium compared to your backlit computer screen - so that may be a bit of variance if your monitor isn’t calibrated.
You can always make an appointment to view your images on our monitors, which are fully regularly calibrated to achieve a near perfect screen-to-print match. That way, you can get an accurate read on what your files will look like in print.
If you are concerned about working on a monitor that isn’t calibrated - or if you can't make it to the studio for an appointment - we offer a great test printing service that is ideal for seeing exactly how your files are printing. If you can’t make it to the studio, we can discuss test printing. To do so, we like to arrange a phone consult first – we’ll chat with you about paper, and determine the most cost-effective method of approaching your proofs – for example, we may sample sections of your work and print test strips (we can set this up for you).