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Old 12-12-2006, 07:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I took the plunge and switched to MAC. Now I need help. I am using an Epson 2200 and Photoshop CS2. I have the Macbook at this time and hoping to get a desktop in the next few months. My images never looked better on monitor but when printed they are sick. I have tried everything to get them looking close to the monitor with no luck. I am ordering a cal program but would at least like to print an image tahts close to what I see.


Can someone offer me some help. I will gladly call just let me know.

I will upload an image to show what they look like on line here. No p[rocessing done. Yes it needs some adjustments but oif I try to print it, it comes out all washed oout and dull.

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Old 12-12-2006, 07:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm just taking a wild shot here because there are so many things it could be, but since you're new to Macs, are you aware the gamma calibration is 1.8 on a Mac while it's 2.2 on PC's. Some setting on monitor or in the software may not be set to use this value which could be throwing things off a lot. Try starting with the gamma and let us know what it turns out to be. Good Luck.

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Just looking at the image on my monitor, it appears too dark and the contrast seems off. Keep in mind that what looks good on a Mac screen may not show that well on the web unless you use Save for Web and have it set up correctly.
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Ok, your going through the same problems I had. I use the same printer. My computer is a G-5, but all that doesn't matter unless yoursettings are correct. First and most important are you usuing the correct paper profiles?? If not it will never match your monitor.
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I had bought a mac book pro and an epson r2400 printer, and I had pure hell with it. I had to reinstall the mac os, then update it, at the suggestion of epson support. But, this isn't your problem. As others have stated, there are a load of things that need to be set correctly for the image to come out on paper right. Paper profile is one, which you can probably choose when the printer utility opens up after you click print in PS. Thats how it works on my r2400 anyway. You also have a printer driver/profile which needs to match your os version. You may need to upgrade your os and then get the lastest driver. Then, you need to make sure your settings in ps are correct. I doubt that you have a calibration issue. Images should be ballpark, not way off. I did find a few things on the web about this whole issue, But I didn't save any links, sorry.
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As has already been said, there's a whole slew of things you need to make sure are set correctly before you print. I have the same printer, so here's what I do.

Go to File --> Print with Preview
Click Page Setup at the right.
Choose your printer in the "Format for" list, and your paper size in the "Paper Size" list, then click "OK".

Back in the Print with Preview window, choose "Color Management" in the drop-down menu underneath the preview of the print at the left. Make sure "Document" is selected in the "Print" section (I always make sure my document profile is Adobe RGB 1998).

In the "Options" section, choose "Let Photoshop Determine Colors" for Color Handling. For Printer Profile, choose the appropriate printer paper and black ink profile for the paper and ink you're using (for example, if I'm printing with Photo Black ink and using Premium Luster paper, the profile I'd use is "SP2200 Premium Luster_PK"). For Rendering Intent, nine times out of ten you'll want either "Perceptual" or "Relative Colorimetric". Most of the time they look very close, but sometimes you can see a slightly noticeable difference (you can check it before you print it if you do a soft proof on screen). Make sure Black Point Compensation is checked.

Now click Print.
Make sure your printer is selected at the top of the new screen.
Click the drop-down menu that says "Copies & Pages" and go down to "Print Settings". For Media Type, choose your paper again (in this example, Premium Luster Photo Paper). I usually then click "Advanced Settings" and make any other adjustments I want (none of which should have an effect on the color of the print).

The last thing you want to do is click the drop-down menu above from "Print Settings" to "Color Management". Make sure "No Color Adjustment" is selected.

After all this is done, then you can click Print, and that should get you an image that looks more like what you see on screen.

Hope this helps!

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