Hi Jon, I like your Tips & Tricks idea. I got the R2880 as a combo. birthday & Christmas gift from my wife. I have been getting pretty good results when printing from CS3 but am having difficulty when trying to print from Light Room 2. I will contribute info when I figure out what is wrong. I think I will try the Red River paper and let you know if that helps. Thanks again, Dave.
I received this info from Epson. It may be usefull to others. James
Please forgive me if I failed to get back to you on this. I would like to begin by saying that the i1D2 is a great device for display profiling and it should do a fine job with your NEC LCD display. If you plan to use Epson papers and Epson inks with your Epson 2880, then I would expect a very good result when using the “canned” profile provided by Epson for the specific paper. Building your own custom printer profile with ColorMunki or i1Match might not improve the results on these Epson papers. If you use a third party paper (i.e., Ilford, HP, Staples, etc…), a custom profile built by ColorMunki or i1Match will no doubt improve your results. I think that the i1Basic + RGB printer upgrade would be the best solution. But I will say that many people are getting comparable results with the ColorMunki Photo.
B & H Photo currently has the i1Basic UV for $895 + $99.50 (1/2 of $199) for RGB printer upgrade = $995
B & H has ColorMunki Photo for $352 - $50 rebate for a final cost of: $302.
Ultimately it will come down to what you want to spend.
I hope this is helpful
Kevin J. Aamodt Customer Success: Imaging and Biodiagnostics Technical Support Specialist
Im totally confused regarding the 2880. I have been printing with various printers on a professional level for a couple of years. The 2880's canned profiles are so off it makes me cry. First I would like to linearize this printer, but I can't find any software to do this. Anyone? Then the canned profiles might work better. Im printing on the Ultra Premium Presentation Paper. Or anyone have the same problem and made a good custom profile for resolution superfine 1440, and fast 720.
The general problem is that everything print way to dark, there's a serious shift of blues towards magenta in dark areas. And a general magenta shift.
Yes! I have been trying to print using Light Room 2 and CS3. I can not use those programs to handle the printing. I must let the printer handle it and must make changes to brightness and saturation every time. I too am using a calib. monitor. I can print on my old Canon i960 without any corrections. Very frustrating! I am using Epson Ultra Premium Luster paper. I think I have to try another brand of paper and use their profiles. I was thinking I was the only one having these problems. Please let me know if you have any ideas. I have had the 2880 since December '09. Thanks, Dave.
I made a couple of profiles with Profile maker, which is not a great program for printer profiles. Anyway they make it look a whole lot better. The grey axis goes magenta in the quarter tone, otherwise decent.
I made one for Ultra Premium Presentation matte, using dpi 720. Im printing on photo shoots and need fast printing. The other profile is for plain paper. Also dpi 720, no color mgmt in the second dialog printing from PS.
I will upload these profiles with yousendit in a bit.
To reset the printer to the values Epson had on their printer when they made the profiles for the 2880. If possible to do this, I could use their profiles and everything would be alright, unless they made faulty profiles. Which I guess they wouldn't.
I have printed with my R2880 since Jan 2010 without major problems.
My LCD 2180UX monitor is calibrated with Eye One about once a month.
I have printed from Win.XP, Win.7, CS4, CS5, and Lightroom2.
I started printing with Epson ink and paper and then changed to Precision Colors ink with Costco Paper and sometimes Epson Exibition Fiber or Ilford Gold Fiber Silk.
Cost of Epson pigment ink: $11.20/12= $0.93/ml + ship from Atlex.com Cost of precisioncolors.com pigment ink: $130/9/70= $0.21/ml
Cost of 8.5"x11" paper from Atlex.com: Epson Premium Glossy Photo, 10.4mil=$(109.95+12.64)/250= $0.49/sht Cosco Photo Paper Glossy, 10.4mil~$24/150= $0.16/sht from Costco Epson Exibition Fiber Paper=$(14.79+10.03)/25= $0.99/sht Ilford Gold Fiber Silk=$(36.05+10.52/50)= $0.93/sht
I use the paper manufacturer priter profiles. For the Costco paper I have a custom priter profile from Precision Colors. The Epson printer profile for Premium Glossy Photo paper also works for the Costco paper.
My prints are slightly darker than my monitor.
When comparing prints with Epson ink and Epson paper to prints with Precision Colors ink and Costco paper, I saw no difference, except on one portrait with PC ink and Costco paper skin color was slightly reder.
Prints on Exibition Fiber and Ilford GFS were better than on Costco paper.
I plan to make an accelerated fading test of Epson ink and paper versus PC ink and Costco paper.
When you print is the program managing the color or are you letting the printer manage it? I have good results when the printer manages but not when I set it to let the program manage color (LTRM2. thanks Dave.
Fri 14-May-10 04:50 AM | edited Fri 14-May-10 02:53 PM by jxv777
Dave, I let the program manage colors with a printer profile, except when printing from Windows I let the printer manage the colors. Both worked ok for me.
My printer screens below are for printing from CS5 on Costco paper with Precision Colors ink and an Epson printer profile. The actual print of the red flower is lighter and clearer than the screen photo which had to be darkened to read the print.
Thanks James, I will try again with my CS3 program with glossy paper. I have been using Epson Luster 5 star paper. I thought maybe I would try a dif. paper from another company using their profile. It's hard to justify after I purchased so much Epson paper when I bought the printer. Thanks again for your reply. Dave.
I started using Lightroom2 recently and was geting a magenta color cast in portrait skin colors. It was caused by double color management since colors were managed from Lightroom with a printer profile and I had turned off color management in the printer driver thru Windows7.
It was corrected by turning off color management in the printer driver thru Lightroom2 Print module: Page setup,Properties,Mode:Off(No color adjustment).
Double checked everything. Tried using dif. paper settings, etc. but as soon as I try one with skin tones I get too much magenta. Pets and landscapes seem ok. I'll keep trying dif. things but it sure gets frustrating and costly. Thanks for your input. Dave.