When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a
washed out“muddy dark grey” and “washed out”.
What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
During the RGB ⇒ CMYK conversion your
RGB(0,0,0) values are probably converted to Rich black =
CMYK(63,52,51,100) or such; and looks washed out when compared to Plain black =
Solution is to fine tune the RGB ⇒ CMYK conversion.*
*) To maximize black (= K = Key) in Photoshop: Edit → Convert to profile → Custom CMYK… → Black Generation:
But this and other settings should, of course be set according to your media and printer.