I have made the plunge into the digital realm by recently purchasing an Epson 2200 printer and Nikon LS4000 scanner. Color management seems pretty confusing and will be a question for another day. One immediate question I have though relates to the Epson Velvet Fine Art paper. When I go into the Photoshop 7 File => Print menu, the Epson print manager appears. When I then try to choose a "Media Type", I can choose from a variety of different papers such as Enhanced Matte Paper, Premium Luster Paper, etc. Velvet Fine Art paper appears as well in the menu, but is dimmed out and you cannot select it.
I am mystified by the problem. I have installed the printer drivers from both the installation CD and the latest set from the Epson web site. The problem is not related to specifying the wrong page size (problem is present whether I choose Super B or Letter size).
BTW - my current system is a Powerbook G4 (550 MHz with 512 MB ram) running under OS 9.2.2.
I am sure the problem is something obvious that I am missing in my naivete.
What black ink cart are you using? I think you have to have "matte black" ink installed to get that option.
I also have the LS-4000 & 2200, for my color management, under Adobe working space I use RGB 1998, for the LS-4000, again I use RGB 1998, for the printer I use the default ICM. I get great prints this way. I see you have a Mac, so your color profiles will be different. I also suggest you give the Monaco demo that's on your CD a try to adjust your monitor. Nice program.
My guess is that you are right about the black ink cartridge. I am using the Photo Black cartridge at the moment, and will check out what happens when I swap the Photo Black out with a Matte Black cartridge.
As far as color management is concerned, I use Adobe RGB (1998) as my working space in Photoshop, with Adobe (ACE) as the conversion engine and Relative Colorimetric as the Intent. For scanning color management I also use Adobe RGB (1998). I turn color management off (i..e., "No Color Adjustment") when I get to the Epson printing menu. I have printed several different prints with a broad range of color saturation and contrast and the prints are very close to my expectations from viewing the original slides. I am really quite pleased with both the scans and the prints.
ideally there should be an ICC profile for each paper+printer combination you use. You would use the proof setup to prepare your photos for printing before you convert them to the printer+paper ICC profile
OK - Here is the scoop. The solution was, as I suspected, quite simple - I needed to select the manual feed on the printer before the EPSON Print Monitor would allow me to select the Velvet paper. All is resolved, and I am now a happy camper. Thanks to all who replied!