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AuthorSubject: To much contrast on Epson Preimium Glossy   [Go to Bottom of Page]
Craig Smith
Posted on Sun Nov 16, 2003 9:36 AM

I am just beginning to start doing my own prints and have a couple of questions that I hope you all can help with.

First here is my set up.

Epson Stylus Pro 7600 Ultrachrome, Photo Black set up
Windows 2000 (service pack 4)
Photoshop 7
Polaroid Sprint Scan 4000 Plus
Almost all my work is from scanned 35mm slides

Here is the problem.

When printing onto Epson Premium Glossy Paper the darker reagions of the image (blacks and dark blues) appear to be over saturated. The problem is significantly reduced when printing onto Premioun Luster paper.

When viewed from certain angles under incandescent lighting and to some extent even in under natural lighting conditions there are harsh even abrupt ink transitions that effect the entire dark area. They are not nocticable when viewed head on. I shoot images with lots of contrast in them and work pretty hard in PS to balance the overall exposure. Note I am not having any problem with color reproduction. What I see on my screen is very close to what I get on my prints. The overall exposure of the prints is also good. The transitions in the darker regions just seem a little harsh and uneven.

I am using the following work flow.

Open photoshop, set soft proof to use Bill Atkinsons PGL2v3 ICC profile

Open the Image and size as needed

Print with Preview
Select Color Management
Source space: Adobe1998. This is the space the image was created in.
Proof set up: Atkinsons PGL2v3 ICC profile
Print Source:Atkinsons PGL2v3 ICC profile
Black point compensation is selected
Rendering is perceptual. I have used relative and it has the same problem. My untrained eye tellse there is no diference between the two seetings, at least for the image that I have been using for all my tests.

Select Print and set up the Epson Printer Driver as follows
Paper: Premium Glossy Photo
DPI: 2880, fast print off, fine detail on
No Color management
Hit Print

I have tried a number of different things but what seems to work best is reducing the color density by 5-10% under page config under the aforementioned setup.

First am I doing something wrong? Assuming I am not, are the Atkinson profiles the best to use. I have read a thread somewhere on this site that seemed to suggest that his profiles although good could be better in how they handle darker regions in prints. Are any better profiles available to solve this problem? Should I have one custom made to solve the problem?

Sorry for the long post but wanted to give as much background as possible so as to not waste your time.



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