I took the recommendation of Ernesto Santos and a few others on a post on which printer I should get and the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 was highly recommended. I'm very happy to say I am the overly excited (like a child on Christmas morning) owner of the Pro 3880. I have for months tackled the colour management part of my work flow without pleasing results. Prints never matched my screen. I always thought I was doing something wrong somewhere in the process. Without changing anything but the printer and the ICC profile for the new printer my first few prints matched my monitor without any noticeable differences. SO HAPPY.
Thanks to everyone who replied to my post on "Needed help to sending my money"
Now I need help with which papers to use for what types of photographs? I never did alot o printing because of the problems I was always having, so not sure if I would make the right choices. Now that I have the new printer I'm very excited to start printing some of my work.
I'd suggest that you get a sample pack of the Epson Signature Worthy paper. Velvet Fine Art, Hot and Cold Press; and Exhibition Fiber are some of my favorites. Velvet fine art is only available in sheets. If you want a roll, try Breathing Color Pura Velvet. If you are interested in "metallic", try LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic. If you want roll canvas, try Breathing Color Lyve Canvas.
The textured and velvet papers are best when you don't have high contrast or lots of blacks.
Exhibition Fiber is great with B&W, very saturated images, high contrast, deep blacks and reflective surfaces. It has the highest Dmax. I also use it frequently for competition images.
Another thing to try is "soft Proofing" to see which paper has the most in gamut colors for each image.
John Herrel Nikonian from South Carolina See the light, capture the essence!
John's suggestion to get a sample pack is great. I love printing to Epson Velvet Fine Art on my 3880 for the right image.
You can also get a very inexpensive sample pack from Red River Papers. They make some very good papers at reasonable prices. I enspecially like their Polar Pearl Metallic, Polar Satin adn Paper Canvas. Their polar Gloss is a very good substitute for Epson Premium Glossy. They also have sizes taht are not available from other manufacturers, like 9x13 (good for 8x12 prints) and 17x25 (good for 16x24 prints). Be sure to download and install their paper profiles.
Have fun. Printing is where it all comes together.
Hey there everyone. I noticed Red River and Epson papers mentioned which I will look into getting some samples of. But I didn't see anyone say Iford papers. That bothers me, only because that's what I have a little stock in. Some smooth pearl and smooth glossy. Is there a reason for this?
As for ICC profiles. I have the Color Munki Photo. Would I be better off using the profiles provided by the paper manufactures or build my own?
I also have the ColorMunki, but use the Red River icc profiles for their media and my 3880 Pro.
I use the ColorMunki for maintaining my monitors in calibration (about fortnightly) and to create printer profiles where necessary - for example, I use a lot of Kirkland glossy paper at 11x8.5ins and 6x4ins for family shots.
The ColorMunki is an EXCELLENT, multi-purpose tool!
I tried the Ilford Gallerie Gold Silk Fibre. It's very nice. And I think I tried an Ilford Sample pack with a gloss, satin and perhaps matte too. Just too many papers to to use them all.
You can also get sample packs from Moab and Hahnemuhle.
I set up a sample print sheet with 4 images: a color portrait, a B&W portrait, a color landscape and a sepia object shot. It's formatted to print on 8.5x11 sheets. I print this on each sample sheet and keep them to give me a comparison of how different type images will print on different papers. Keep them in a binder or folder for future reference.
>I tried the Ilford Gallerie Gold Silk Fibre. It's very nice. >And I think I tried an Ilford Sample pack with a gloss, satin >and perhaps matte too. Just too many papers to to use them >all. > >You can also get sample packs from Moab and Hahnemuhle. > >I set up a sample print sheet with 4 images: a color portrait, >a B&W portrait, a color landscape and a sepia object shot. >It's formatted to print on 8.5x11 sheets. I print this on >each sample sheet and keep them to give me a comparison of how >different type images will print on different papers. Keep >them in a binder or folder for future reference.
I like that idea of putting four different types of photo on each sheet.. I'm going to get sample packs from a few manufactures and give them a try. I've been doing a little reading and came across something that mentions that there are certain papers which shouldn't be framed behind glass and other should. Is there any truth in that? If so which is which?