Is there a simple, inexpensive way to calibrate one's printer? I have a Epson stylus photo 890 that seems to need calibration. I initially thought the problem was with my monitor, but after calibrating my monitor and comparing images on different computers and monitors I now believe that the problem is with the printer. Thanks for your help. Jay
I had some problems getting my profiles to match my output. I experimented around and found that on my system, Adobe RGB(1998) works the best. I have my printer, Photoshop, and scanner all set to that ICM. I did not have the money for the color profile systems that are sold for this purpose. The Adobe RGB(1998) puts me real close to what the colors are on the original prints. I have an Epson 820 which uses the same print engine as your 890. I hope this helps, Mike
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i don't think the problem is specifically in your printer or your monitor (nor your scanner), the problem is that they don't interpret colors the same way, that's the reason of calibration : you need to see what the printer will ouptut. with your printer, you get an ICM file which contain details of the printer color rendition, and also for your screen... you should install all of this...
the way to do is different regarding OS and softwares...and not so easy...(professional even uses a cell to calibrate the screen...)
good luck !
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Jay, as Jon said, it is easier to adapt the settings of your monitor so they match exactly the colors of your prints. Adapting the colors of your printer is more complex and will give you the same final result : to print the colors as you see them on your monitor.
Somewhere you can find ICC profiles for your printer, these will match your paper to the printer to the software. I found them for my 820 on the epson website, and I know someone has ported the Mac ICC profiles for the 890.
Hope that helps!
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Thanks for all your help. I think I got the problem fixed. For those who are interested,I initially used adobe gamma to calibrate the monitor. Then, after alot of ink and paper, I set up the printer as follows: the print space profile to Epson Stulus Photo 890, Intent- perceptual, Custom mode with color management set to color controls. I adjusted the colors, saturation, etc until I got a reasonably close match to my monitor. Thanks again for helping me through a frustrating issue. Jay
Here's a better way to go than using the color adjustments in the Epson driver to match your monitor. Read Ian Lyons' articles on color management and Epson driver setup for your version of Photoshop. It's to use the profiles Epson provides with the printer driver and Ian shows how to make the settings that will do that:
Save your custom driver tweaks as a custom settings file in the Epson driver just in case you want to get back to them. One problem with your method of tweaking is the adjustments you make for one paper won't work others very well.