Epson stylus 950 Photo 950 Colour corrections
I use a lot of Epson Premium glossy 255gr/m2 paper. I have an uncalibrated Samsung flat screen 910N monitor and have found that to produce a print that matches the image in Photoshop 7 using Adobe RGB (1998)I have to dial in a magenta correction of minus 16.
This does seem a bit over the top. Epson are telling me things I already know but are unable or unwilling to say whether its due to the uncalibrated monitor or some printer related problem. I always use Epson inks. The usual printer checks only prove that the printer is working as it should.
Apart from a plus 2 brightness and an occasional plus 1 or 2 contrast correction, which would make sense with an overbright and contrasty monitor, I am happy with the final prints except the magenta setting I'm forced to use.
Anyone got any bright ideas?
#1. "RE: Epson stylus 950 Photo 950 Colour corrections" | In response to Reply # 0bobj Charter MemberSun 11-Jun-06 07:49 PM
It is impossible to tell. If you don't have a calibrated monitor, you can't really tell what your images actually look like.
#2. "RE: Epson stylus 950 Photo 950 Colour corrections" | In response to Reply # 1Wed 21-Jun-06 11:55 AM
Sorry for the delay in this thankyou, but I've only just got back from a week on the Amalfi coast, with a mass of scanning to do now.
Thanks for the response. I was afraid that was always going to be the answer to what must seem a stupid question to you.
Epson have been very patient with me, and their suggestion that I set Stylus Photo 950 in the print space in Photoshop and perceptual for intent has certainly changed how the final print is delivered. Its still not right, rather too dark and contrasty for my taste.
It looks as though I'm going to have to bite the bullet and invest in some calibration kit, at least I'll have a known starting point.
#3. "RE: Epson stylus 950 Photo 950 Colour corrections" | In response to Reply # 2Fri 14-Jul-06 01:28 PM
Following the advice, I have bought a GretaMacbeth Eye One Display 2 kit and ran my monitor through its paces yesterday. The before/after comparison showed that it has added a lot of magenta. This is making the standard Windows XP grey look very odd even as I write this, so I hope its not going to taint all my shots the same way. Its a bit like the difference between Ektachrome and Velvia, one had very clean colours, while the other can produce rather muddy looking shots.
I have just started on the next step, which is to try and produce some settings on the printer that reproduce what I'm seeing on the screen (which is where I came in, of course) using the Digital Dog test image. I have reached a point where most of the image is OK, but the background behind the hand is tricky, at present it appears to have a purple colour shift.
Please do not think I'm criticising Velvia by the way, I'm just trying to describe what I see.
It still amazes me that I need to adjust the profile Epson created, when I use only Epson materials.