On 30 Mar 2001 10:43:35 EST Richard Starr (Richard.Starr@valley.net) wrote:
> Getting the bl**dy
> colour spot-on is another matter...
> --- end of quote ---
> So how do you approach this important issue? I am constantly tweaking the
> settings in the printer driver, trying to match my screen colors and tonal
Same as you, right now, but profiling s/w is looking expensively inevitable.
TBH I have not often needed terribly accurate colour from the Epson previously,
so was content to struggle whenever I did. But the occasional problems with
repro from scans suggest I'm going to have to produce reference prints
which match the screen image precisely.
Also I am fed up with the truly vast waste of ink and paper, and especially
time. In all my years of darkroom printing I have never come across such an
unruly, infuriating and wasteful process with the exception of lith
printing - my record there is 4 days to produce a single print I was happy
with. Later, I decided it still wasn't quite right.
This is the case with Epson: in a year or so with the 1200, I have not once
produced a print I was all that satisfied with. Even CIBA wasn't as
bloody-minded, so long as you didn't tax its contrast range.
What is so galling is that having spent ages getting a scan 'just right' on
screen, and all the ICM stuff sussed, this final stage is really broken.
I am not even confident that custom profiling will help, as there
are things I just don't like about Epson prints. I'm hopeful the Canon S800
will be an improvement, as the samples I saw were much closer to where I
want to be, but I need A3. Doubtless there's an S8000 on the way. I'm
idiotically hopeful it'll be properly profiled out of the box, and just work,
then I can relegate the 1200 to Cone B&W, or chuck it in the canal.
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