making friends with my printer!

so a while back my dad gave me a laser printer he got from work when they were switching from HP to canon printers!

it's an older model, but perfectly functional after replacing the cartridges and giving it a bit of a clean.

the only problem is that this particular model of printer seems to print dark colours REALLY dark, like. almost black. also, I normally draw in RGB! so I usually have trouble getting colours to look right even without this added problem,,

but I really want to be able to start printing like,, zines and stuff on it! so today I set out on a quest to befriend my printer.

I started by trying my absolute best to troubleshoot online, but apparently the extra-dark colours are a known issue and there's no way of fixing them?

at that point I began faffing about with colour profiles, and eventually managed to set both my printer and clip studio to "CMYK : AGFA : Swoop Standard".

this made clip studio display my colours MUCH closer to how they look when printed, so I'm counting it as a win!

from there, I proceeded to test just like,, a whole bunch of colours for how they look printed!

a photo of several printed test sheets consisting of several colourful blobs and doodles

now I have a colour set in clip studio with a couple of my favourites. this way, if I wanna do a project that I intend to print from home, I can pick colours I know look nice on my printer!

a screenshot of a colour set in clip studio paint

me and my printer are friends now :-)