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Profile FAQ And Instruction Manual
Sunday October 31, 2004
by IR Staff

We have compiled a new and up to date Profile FAQ. If you are ordering a printer profile, please make sure that you read the information contained here. Many of the questions you may have will be answered here. These articles are in PDF format.

Patching and Healing with Martin Evening.
Friday October 22, 2004
by Martin Evening

The third in a series of tutorials, Martin discusses the Healing Brush and Patch Tool. Martin's video tutorial accompanies this PDF and can be uncompressed using WinZip or the Stuffit expander. Published with permission of Focal Press Publishers, a division of Elsevier. Copyright 2004. For more information about this book and other Focal Press titles, please visit www.focalpress.com.

Nikon Scanning Workflow
Friday October 15, 2004
by Scott Martin

Scott Martin has deciphered Nikon's workflow technology and brings us this quick guide to achieving great scans. For more information on Scott and his work, please visit www.on-sight.com.

Image Adjustments with Martin Evening.
Friday October 8, 2004
by Martin Evening

The second in a series of tutorials, Martin discusses the Photo Filter and Color Temperature. Martin's video tutorial accompanies this PDF and can be uncompressed using WinZip or the Stuffit expander. Published with permission of Focal Press Publishers, a division of Elsevier. Copyright 2004. For more information about this book and other Focal Press titles, please visit www.focalpress.com.

Weekly Chatter:Monitor Recommendation
Wednesday October 6, 2004
by Imaging Revue Experts and Staff

Each and every week, Imaging Revue offers non-members a tantalizing taste of the information available in our forums. Make sure to check out the entire list. This thread contains some great information regarding the Sony Artisan and also touches on the LCD vs. CRT debate. If you are having some trouble with Artisan calibration, there are some helpful comments here. Jon Kulas

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AuthorSubject: Profiling Epson Archival Ink   [Go to Bottom of Page]
Doug King
Posted on Fri May 21, 2004 1:03 PM

I am printing with an Epson 10000 loaded with Epson Archival Ink. To date, we have been printing using Photoshop and the Epson Print Driver (and the canned profiles that come with the printer). Normally, we would make one or two 8 inch tests, and adjust color/density as needed (either in PS or in the print driver interface using the color sliders) and then make a final print.

About a year ago, I tried profiling via a local color mgmt consultant who created some custom profiles for the media we print on. However, we were not getting any better results (eg. to match the monitor) than using the canned profiles and would still have to make up to two tests, etc and adjust the color. He explained that the Epson Print driver can not be linearized and therefore, in order for us to achieve the level of accuracy (to the monitor) and consistency using custom profiles, we would need to print through a RIP.

I am now testing a RIP (ColorBurst Pro 7.3.1) and profiling with basICColor Catch (which comes with CB) and an EyeOne spectrophotometer (UV cut). My vendor/consultant has walked me through the linearization process and the profiling process and we have carried it out a number of times. After 5 weeks and about 10 attempts, we are still not getting the same quality that we were getting previously from PS and the Epson print driver. The problem is most noticeable in the yellows and greens. Some images print 1st run very similar to what we see on the monitor. Others have a yellow/green cast to it (same profile, same layout, same scanner, everything else consistent). My consultant (who has extensive experience with ultrachrome inks) has determined that the problem may lie with the Epson archival ink. Apparently, there is strong yellow/green in the black ink (which probably explains why we have never been able to get a true black & white print even when we set 'black ink only'.

Has anybody else come across this problem with Epson Archival Ink and what would be my best course of action.


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