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Old 10-31-2004, 11:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm printing b+w stuff with my new Epson 1280. The prints come out with a purple/blue tint to them.

This digital printing is new to me, so any suggestions on why my prints look like their over-selenium toned would be helpful..

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Old 10-31-2004, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, but if you expected to get non tinted B&W prints out of a color printer then someone has been feeding you a bunch on nonsence. YES the 1280 is capable of it, but you will have to spend some $$$ to make it happen. You have a couple of choices, you can convert the 1280 to a B&W ONLY printer by purchasing the CONE inks at www.inkjetmall.com (look up Piezography BW) or have it print both color and B&W by purchasing the Colorbyte Imageprint RIP for around 400.00. I have both and can saw that the RIP is the better way to go because it allows you to print both color and B&W. I am now using the Epson 4000 and have retired the 1280 to the storage shelf! Go to:

http://www.colorbytesoftware.com/

Check them out. It was the best investment that I have made for B&W. It does every bit as good as the CONE system while allowing a BROAD choice of papers which CONE does not. PLUS it prints in color as well so one printer can fill all of your needs. I have been doing this for a LOOOONNNGGG time and have played with almost every B&W system out there. Imageprint is the way to go.

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I vaguely remember something I read that said that if you are printing B&W you need to make sure the file is saved as a greyscale and that the printer is designated as "Black" ink and not color. If Color ink is designated the printer will use all inks to approximate black and is not too successful.
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I do not have the same model but I always go to the properties menu and lock in the "black ink only" option. This prevents any other tints from showing.
I also never use any off brand ink as I can see a color variation. If you are using non epson paper you may try a test with the epson brand. I know some other brands I have used require more adjustment to get the correct print color.
 
 
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If you choose to print in black only mode, you get a highly dithered image where the printer uses a dither pattern to generate gray. This leads to a VERY grainy image of poor quality. If you use a RIP it changes the dither and mixes the inks while using ICC profiles to generate truely neutral grayscale. By using the Cone ink set, you are using 4 shades of black that mix without a dither, no color but the printer is now dedicated to B&W only.

THE ONLY WAY TO GET HIGH GRADE B&W is to either go with a 4 shade system like Cone, or use a RIP. The results have to be seen to be believed. The dithered black only prints are very poor quality compaired to a RIPped or Cone version. Like I said, I have been doing this for YEARS and these 2 options rival the darkroom.
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