workflow for printing from D100 to Epson 1280
I just got an Epson 1280 and was trying to make some 13x19" prints from D100. After correcting the raw file for white balance and exposure in Nikon Capture 3.5 I load it on Photoshop 7. Then convert the color profile to "Epson 1280 Permium Glossy Photo Paper". In Photoshop "Print with preview" I leave print space profile to "Printer color management" and in Epson printer dialog to ICM. I think the colors I am getting are ok but could be better. Am I doing it the right way?
#1. "Here is the correct method..." | In response to Reply # 0RRowlett Charter MemberFri 11-Apr-03 01:15 PM
1. Load your image in to photoshop.
2. ASSIGN the correct color space to the image (Adobe 1998 for Mode II, sRGB for Modes I or III)
3. Make your color corrections, crops, etc.
4. Check your ppi setting using Image...Image Size and verify you have at least 240 ppi. If so, go to #6; if not...do #5
5. Resasmple your image to 240ppi if required.
6. Apply the appropriate amount of sharpening using Unsharp Mask. For printing, it doesn't usually hurt to err on the side of too much as it appears on the screen.
Now you are ready to print. There are two methods:
1. In the Epson print driver, select the appropriate paper, set the printer quality to 1440 dpi (typical) and choose ICM for color management.
2. In the Photoshop Print dialog box, choose the Printer Color Management as the ouput color profile. DO NOT convert the image to the Epson 1280 printer color profile. The source space should be left as is.
1. In the Epson print driver, select the appropriate paper, set the printer quality to 1440 dpi (typical, and choose No Color Adjustment for color management.
2. In the Photoshop Print dialog box, choose the appropriate canned paper profile (e.g., Epson 1280 Matte Paper Heavyweight) as the output color profile. I generally like to use Relative Colorimetric as the rendering intent, but in some cases Perceptual may work better for a certain image. The source space should be left as is.
Either method will give you reasonable results, about the best you can do without buying color management software and hardware. Make sure your monitor is properly calibrated so that you won't chase your tail with trying to match colors on the screen and print. They will not (cannot) be the same because of the differences in the display capabilities of a CRT or LCD screen and printer dyes, but they will be similar, and will behave predictably.
#2. "RE: Here is the correct method..." | In response to Reply # 1fundy Registered since 13th Nov 2002Fri 11-Apr-03 11:53 PM
On a somewhat related issue, I find that the Epson Semi-glossy paper gives me must more pleasing results than the glossy paper. The sharpness and color seems better to me.
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#3. "RE: Here is the correct method..." | In response to Reply # 2d100jim Registered since 30th Sep 2002Sat 12-Apr-03 09:10 PM
I agree the Epson Semi-Gloss is much better. Actually I think the Japanese papers are better quality. You are lucky Fundy, I miss gettign all the good papers and frames in Japan! I might be going back, hopefully!
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