I bit the bullet and invested in this software and the sensor. I am now getting excellent results soft proofing my prints. Thanks for all the knowledge passed down to me from the members here in earlier posts. I am ecstatic with the results of this software. I recommend it highly. A little pricey, but well worth it, and over time the savings in wasted paper and ink it will pay for it.
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I have mixed feelings about the Optix sensor. It does the job well. But it's so easy to use and works so quickly that I have this lurking feeling that I must have been gyped when I purchased it. After all, anything good in computers has to be hard and have a big learning curve, right
It does a much better job of calibrating black point and white point. Rather than the "adjust your contrast until the grey patches are barely distinguishable" routine, the sensor reads the monitor and you adjust the controls until the sensor tells you it's correct.
That and the fact that the darned thing connects via USB instead of a serial port
It does to LCD, but at this point I'm not doing LCD either.
That does sound more sophisticated - the upgrade is rather spendy even with the $75 credit for a returned sensor. My sensor is USB, so that's not an incentive for me. It's $339 for the 2.5 upgrade with Optix - $264 net if I do the deal before the sensor rebate expires on 5/31. The MonacoOptix upgrade that does monitor profiling only is $40 less.
I may hold off and see how Colorvision's PrintFix reviews look. Tim Grey gives it decent marks for printer profiling, not as good as a $7K Eye One system, but pretty good for $340. Monaco's flatbed scanner based printer profiles have been terrible in my experience - a waste of time, paper and ink.
I have yet to try re-profiling my 2000P with Monaco, but this feature is reported to be improved as well. Also, the 2.5 upgrade includes the ability to edit printer profiles to tweak them.
I debated the same issues you are right now and in the end decided to upgrade before the Optix rebate expired. I figure it's easy to think the grass is always greener on the other side, and unless I do buy a $7K package, they really all seem about the same, give or take. You can find good reviews of all of them.
There's an editor in version 2, but the profiles I generated weren't even in the ballpark. I figure I can get Digital Outback or another service to generate profiles for any special media I use and still be money ahead for a while. If you get into printer profiling, let us know how it goes.
Right now, I'm using the ConeTech profiles from Ink Jet Mall for my Epson 2000P and they do indeed work quite well. I'm intrigued to try profiling the printer again myself and see what I can do but haven't done so yet. I'll let you know how it goes when I find time to do it.
I have been using version 2.5 for awhile. I find that with editing the printer profiles I get an excellent match with Epson and Ilford paper. However, I cannot seem to profile some Kodak paper given to me. This might be a problem with metachromism specific to this combination though. l8r, Guy
Question I am trying to learn what to do in order to get good matches between my onscreen colors and the resulting print. In particular skin tones are no good and I tried many profiles in my photshop elements 2.0 I am begining to understand that I need to buy this type of gadget and software i.e. Monaco etc. to get this problem solved? right? Thanks.
Solved reliably? I'm afraid so. Skin tones can be especially difficult otherwise, as y've been finding out. Colors by default are generally "close," but reference colors such as skin tone usually need to be better than just "close."
from Monaco. It took me about 20-30 minutes from the opening of the box to calibrating my LCD monitor. From my initial settings my brightness and contrast were dramatically reduced. I am anxious to see how my first edited image prints.
Is there another Monaco software to calibrate the Epson 1280 printer I am using or should this do it? There appears to be the Monaco PROOF and PROFILER. Do I need those also? They look very expensive!
Monaco EZ Color can profile a printer assuming you have a flatbed scanner. It uses the profiled scanner to scan a printed target and generate the printer profile. It does a reasonable job in many cases, but you may also want to check out simply buying profiles for the printer and paper combination you are using from places like Inkjet Mall.