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Old 01-16-2005, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am an old slide and neg shooter who digitizes images with a Nikon Coolscan 4000 scanner. (I should note I am also only modestly self-taught with PS.) I then print on two different Epson printers. I am very comfortable with my B&W printing but have had very little success printing color. The images come out of the scanner and look very good (good color fidelity, saturation etc. )on a basic Dell monitor. I have run Adobe Gamma but that is the extent to which I have calibrated the monitor. To start my foray into color, I have a profile from Epson for the printer and paper I am using which I have assigned as my working space plus I am using Epson inks. I convert each image to that working space from the Nikon profile that comes out of the scanner. The problem of course is that even the printer preview image much less the printed image are shifted quite a ways from the screen image. The shift is to the red/magenta. Am I missing something basic with Photoshop or is the problem monitor calibration? I saw the thread earlier about a modestly priced software based calibration tool and will go that direction if I have to. Most of my exhibition work is in B&W - the color stuff is as much for family photos and the like so spending a large amount of money on a good calibration system is not something I wish to do. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Sounds to me like there might be a couple of problems. One is you want your Adobe working space to be the Adobe RGB, not the printer's profile. Set the printer profile in the print settings and that might fix your problem. Two, your monitor be giving bad colors, as well. Only way to tell is to get sme calibrating hardware and software.

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That certainly helped a lot - I still probably need to do more monitor calibrating but I got much better results. Interestingly enough with some test runs I found that the general profile for the printer works better than the specific profile for the paper.

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You're most welcome.

I found that the generic Epson profiles for glossy photo paper work best for most of what I do, too.

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