Hi Dave !
Don't really know if this is the answer you're looking for, but I personally think the problem isn't the ink, nor the paper. It's probably the workflow.
I had - and still have - exactly the same problem matching the monitor to the print on paper.
Now , a couple of months , a couple of books, and lots of hardware later I came to the conclusion that one has to compromise.
The steps I took to get a closer match:
1. Monitor profiling (to have a calibrated view of the photo in question)
2. Printer profiling -> generate ICC profiles for your paper
3. Softproofing in PS + correcting curves
4. Printing with preview, choosing the ICC profile (NO corrections in the printer driver)
(Hardware used: spyder2pro suite for monitor AND printer calibration/ICC Profiles, Epson R2400 with original inks, HP Instant Dry Photo Satin paper. Books: Skin, Masterin B&W in digital and a couple more)
Now my prints still don't match what I see on the monitor, but are VERY much closer than they were before I started my workflow enhancements. What you see on screen really is not reproducible by the printer because of the differences in color gamuth and the way the images are generated (reflective or luminating)- so it will always be a compromise
An alternative to making your own ICC profiles for certain paper-ink combinations would be using the paper-producer's icc profiles. The problem here ist that most of the paper manufacturers only have profiles for original inks.
My bottom line: without profiling hardware for both the monitor and the printer/paper I would not even think about using 3rd party inks...
Hope that helps somehow.
Btw. I'm currently looking at the MIS K4 inks for my Epson R2400 - for cutting my private printing costs. Did anyone use this combo before ?
PS: on luminous landscape they are selling a video called "from camera to print". Read nothing but positive comment about it. I bought it allready but did not have the time to watch it yet (6 hours).
Originally Posted by Superdave
...from time to time I need to print a photo on the Pixma. I have not been happy with the printing from it. Colour matching from screen to print are not acceptable (well to this former photofinisher anyways)....