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Ilford papers - magenta reduction


Vancouver, CA
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dfg Basic Member
Thu 20-Mar-03 04:56 PM

Based on some good things I read here about Ilford papers, I'm trying a sampler pack.

I have an Epson 1280 printer and PS 7 and I'm following the instructions that came with the Ilford papers. The instructions say I may need to deal with a magenta colour cast by reducing magenta -5 to -7. But how do I do that?

I generally print using "Print with Preview", choose the appropriate paper, and follow Ian Lynon's web site instructions. I choose "Custom" and then "No colour management" in the printer settings. Works fine with Epson papers.

But if I do that, I have no choice in the printer settings to reduce magenta. I printed like this without any adjustment, and things definitely look purple. So, I turned off "no colour management" and moved the magenta slider to -7. I got way, way MORE purple!

I'm confused - do I adjust the magenta within PS first, by moving the magenta/green slider within colour adjustments?

(I'm at work right now and don't have the papers or PS with me, but I think I'm using Classic Pearl - anyway, it's one where they say you "may" need to adjust magenta. And I'm choosing the paper type they suggest as well - "glossy film", I think. And, I soft proof with that profile within PS before I send it to the printer.)

Hope this isn't too esoteric a question - but it's not cheap paper and I'd like to cut down on the trial and error. Thanks

Doug G.

Doug G