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color cast in Epson Hot Press papers printed with Epson 4900

kmh

Los Alamos, US
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kmh Silver Member Nikonian since 04th May 2008
Thu 05-Apr-12 12:12 AM

I recently bought my first photographic-quality inkjet printer, an Epson 4900. As I was trying to make up my mind to buy the 4900, I appreciated reading the review by Ernesto Santos.

I love the 4900 and have made some very nice prints on a variety of papers (Epson photo, Hahnemuhle, Ilford, Red River, ...). I followed Martin Evening's book to manage the color from CS5 and always used the ICCs recommended by the paper manufacturer.

For the near term, I settled on using two Red River papers, Arctic Polar Satin and Aurora Fine Art White (with minimal OBAs). I have mostly printed on the Satin and like its surface texture and color, as they closely resemble those of Fuji Crystal Archive Matte photographic paper (from Aspen Creek Photo), which I have happily using for several years.

All was going well until I tried the two Epson Hot Press papers from a Signature Worthy Sample Pack sent to me by DTG (for free!). I first used an ICC I downloaded from Epson's UK site: EpsonStylusPro4900_4910Hot_Press_Bright_MK. The prints came out with a disappointing green color cast. I then tried the ICC that came with the 4900 driver: EpsonStylusPro4900_4910UltraSmoothFineArtPaper_MK. It also had a similar green cast, but not quite as strong. The image I am using in these tests is: Sandhill cranes at daybreak

To quantify how large the color cast is, I used the Hue/Saturation tool in CS5 to adjust my monitor image to match the prints; the required settings were Hue +10, Sat -10.

One last result, I printed on the RR Satin paper with the UltraSmoothFineArtPaper_MK ICC and the image had only a slight amount of green cast, but enough to be objectionable. This suggests the "color-cast problem" is caused by the papers, which the ICC should correct for, as I understand it.

My questions:
(1) has anyone else seen this effect with Epson Hot Press papers?
(2) does anyone have suggestions for fixing this problem or finding my error?
Of course, I could try to adjust each image before printing it with Hue/Sat or Color Balance, but that negates the purpose of ICCs.

Let my say that the Hot Press papers have some very desirable properties: they seem to have extraordinary contrast (for matte) and produce a very dark black. I would like to resolve my color-cast problem so I add them to my repertoire in the future.

Some possibly relevant details: my monitor is an HP LP2475w with a wide-gamut IPS panel, which I calibrate with a Spyder 3 Pro.

Cheers,
Ken Hanson

My gallery

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