Your printer is looking for a good printer profile - it is essentially a
filter that tells Photoshop how the printer prints colors and then adjusts
the sent R-G-B messages accordingly.
The Epson printers have some stock Printer Profiles available for sale
online - you might check on the Leben Epson printer list or at
Epson-Inkjet Resources: http://welcome.to/epson-inkjet
There are companies that sell software to make your unique printer profile
at not that great an expense, and this may be your best option.
Two that come to mind are WiziWYG at
http://www.praxisoft.com/products/wiziwyg.html and Profiler RGB at
I would also recommend reading 2 of color-geek Bruce Fraser's articles
online as a start:
"Out of Gamut: Getting a Handle on Color Management
Color-geek extraordinaire Bruce Fraser spells out the basics in this primer
on color management systems." at
and, more for your present purposes,
"Color-Accurate Inkjets Made EZ
Three software programs claim to bring the power of high-end color science
to desktop inkjet printers. In this exclusive hands-on review, we put them
to the test"
----- Original Message -----
From: "Norman Unsworth" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2001 8:19 AM
Subject: filmscanners: Printing: Settings, calibration & whatever
| I've gotten a lot of very helpful information here that has allowed me to
| develop the quality of both my scans (mostly using Vuescan on my Minolta
| Scan Dual II) and the editing / adjusting of those scans in Photoshop 6.
| biggest problem I have is getting something to come out of my printer that
| even vaguely resembles what I see on screen. I've calibrated my monitor
| using the Adobe utility but get prints that are consistently, sometimes
| significantly flat, especially in the blue range, but generally overall.
| Admittedly, I have an older, 1440 dpi Epson and lust for a new 1270 but I
| know I must be missing something.
| I've been using the Adobe RGB colorspace both from Vuescan and in
| Photoshop - I don't pretend to know what is 'best' here' since I'm
| satisfied with what I'm producing on screen and for the web. I've printed
| both Kodak and Epson high gloss, photo quality paper with the
| paper / print quality settings in my printer software.
| I'd appreciate any suggestions / recommendations for getting print results
| that more closely resemble what I see on the monitor.
| Norman Unsworth