I have an Epson R3000 on order (my first photo grade printer) and have a color management question: Assuming I have the proper printer/paper color profiles in place, is it better to let the printer driver (Epson R3000 driver on Windows 7) manage colors or the application (Capture NX 2) manage colors? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
There are really no advantages or disadvantages since they both accomplish the same thing. As long as you know exactly what you are doing and don't double proof or not proof at all I can't see any pros and cons. Most people like to use the print commend out of their image editor simply because it is a more logical flow especially if you use that program to soft proof.
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>So I have a question then -- does the printer recognize and >use a specific printer profile? if so, how do you tell it >what to use? >(I am using the 2880). > >I had always assumed I had to set up LR (or CS, ...) to use >the correct printer profile?
I would like to know this also. I have READ you can turn off color management in your application and do it in the printer driver window. I can not find a way to list the printer/paper profiles in the Epson printer driver. (R3000 here.)
Sun 23-Dec-12 06:31 PM | edited Tue 25-Dec-12 01:21 AM by kmh
I am surprised by some of the answers given in this thread.
In every book (and every blog) I have read about Adobe editing products (PS, PSE, LR), the recommendation is to turn off the printer control of the color management and have the Adobe product take command. Some of the authors who have given this advice are Mark Galer, Jay Dickman and Jay Kinghorn, Nathaniel Coalson, and Martin Evening, all respected authors.
I have followed this advice in printing from Photoshop CS5 with my Epson 4900 and the resulting prints have been very good and predictable.
I don't have any experience letting the printer manage colors, but with a little poking around the CS5 Print panel, I can see that it is possible in that mode to specify any ICC profile in the Photoshop list. So, maybe using the printer to manage colors is perfectly fine. However, I think I will stick with Photoshop or Lightroom management for now.
I have read that there is an advantage to allowing the printer to manage colors when printing "black and white" images, at least for printers with advanced BW drivers.
Sun 23-Dec-12 06:59 PM | edited Tue 25-Dec-12 02:30 AM by barrywesthead
>I am surprised by some of the answers given in this thread. > >In every book (and every blog) I have read about Adobe editing >products (PS, PSE, LR), the recommendation is to turn off the >printer control of the color management …..
This mirrors my reading and experience. One significant consideration in my situation is the ability to precisely duplicate any image in the future.
One advantage to software printer control would be that most printers store their user custom profiles inaccessibly embedded in the printer driver software which precludes duplication of settings in the future if you change printers or computers and have to reinstall the printer driver.
Having used a few RIPs, I now print through Qimage for all of my printers because it saves the settings for each and every print job to a perpetual log file which can be backed up and recalled by job name or date.