As some of you may know who have gone to the Epson USA site you may have noticed the lack of any kind of profiles for the 1280 aside from the Colorlife 1440 and 2880. Most likely it's the same with many of the photo printers on this site. It's rather difficult to match a print to the monitor without a profile. Why do they do this? Epson truely is a mystery at times.
Just like the 2100 (European version of the 2200) was shipped with a Gray Balancer which lets you fine tune monochrome prints, and the US version is completely void of this nice package.
On the Epson UK website you can download the profiles for most of the Epson papers for printers: 1290 (1280), 2000P, 790, 810, 890, 895, 950, and 10000. These are for Windows only, however.
The site address is:
I've used the 1290 colorlife profile and compared it to the downloaded colorlife 1440 profile from Epson USA for the 1280 and the 1290 is a closer match always.
So any of you needing profiles and not wanting to spend money on a profiling system, just dl these and remember the 1280 IS the 1290 follow the instructions and go. Just choose the profile as the print source space and one more very important this. IGNORE what the preview window shows the image as looking like. The final print should be very very close to the image in Pshop.
Hope this helps some folks.
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#1. "RE: Epson paper profiles" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberSat 23-Nov-02 07:08 PM
The profiles should work fine on either platform, but only Windows users typically need the download. The Epson Windows driver has the profiles embedded in the driver and doesn't provide them seperately. The Mac driver comes with separate profiles, so Mac folks don't usually need the download. However, if the 1290 profiles are superior to those provided with the Mac 1280 driver, then these will be worth downloading and trying on Macs as well.
By the way, unless the profiles are different than the ones built into the Epson driver, you will get the same results using printer color management with Photoshop and setting up the driver with the correct settings. The only real reason to directly specify profiles on the Photoshop print settings and turn off color management in the Epson driver is so that you can use different profiles than those built into the driver.
I found that the Luster profile for the 1290 was also more accurate than the one built into the 1280 XP-compatible driver downloaded from the Epson USA site. Your results with Colorlife suggest that the whole set of 1290 profiles is better. As you noted, the 1290 is the Europe market version of the 1280. The printing characteristics are the same for both printers.
The grey balancer can be downloaded from the Epson France website. Read the article here before you try to use it, you need a grey reference card and the article suggests a substitute. There's even a link for patching the balancer software to English language at the bottom of the page:
#2. "RE: Epson paper profiles" | In response to Reply # 1Cmyers Basic MemberSat 23-Nov-02 11:14 PM
I should have clarified that this would primarily benefit Windows users but since the site I included has PC to the left I didn't feel it necessary. In the tests I did prior to a complete workflow system profiling job I found that the 1290 profiles from this site in every case were more exact than those built into the driver and thought it may be of some help to those struggling to get their prints to match their monitors.
Many of the prints I make on ColorLife and Matte papers, I sell and would never have considered it before I found these because the prints just never quite matched what I wanted.
Many thanks for the link to the grey balancer. It really is a shame that Epson didn't include this with the US and Canada shippings. I've used the software to configure a friend's 2100 in Ireland and it makes for much smoother B&W imho.
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#3. "RE: Epson paper profiles" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberSun 24-Nov-02 10:02 PM
I have had prints from my 1270 (same ink chemistry as all the 6 color printers) fade in weeks when left exposed to contstant airflow from an air conditioner. The cyan fade is an oxidation issue, so protecting prints from air exposure by glazing or sleeving them is your only assurance of getting a reasonable print life. I found the Colorlife paper surface to be extremely vulnerable to moisture as well, so it needs protection for safe handling.
Although the print quality doesn't look great, I'd also have liked the CD printing feature the 2100 gets. I'm surprised that this long after the introduction that the 2200 is still hard to find. There was a long wait for an archival print solution and a lot of pent-up demand.
I installed the French Grey Balancer and did the English patch. It worked. I still need to order a Kodak grey card and get some time to play with the program. I agree that Epson USA should be ashamed of shortchanging US buyers.