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I appreciate that Profile City may produce excellent profiles - that's why I chose to give them my $99. What concerns me is that I am having problems in applying the profile successfully, and despite several emails to both their Whittier offices and the Color Lab at Cardiff-by-the-Sea over the last couple of weeks, NOBODY has bothered to contact me to help in sorting this out. Regardless of the quality of their profiles, without a decent technical support department, they are not providing a full service to the customer. Peter --- In epson-inkjet@y..., "Les Berkley" <wogears@f...> wrote: > > > > -----Original Message----- > > Subject: Profile City Profiles > > > > I recently had a custom profile made by Profile City for my Epson 1290 > > printer with CIS / Generations 4 / Archival Matte paper. > > > > I followed all the instructions carefully to print the initial > > Linearisation > > Target, followed by the customised Profiling Target, and in due course > > received my profile. > > > > After installing the profile, I tried printing the Profiling Target > with > > the > > profile, to compare with a print made without it. Unfortunately, the > new > > print, although different from the unprofiled one, was still far from > > satisfactory. The neutral gradient in the target had several very > obvious > > tonal steps, with colour balance varying from red to blue to yellow > along > > the gradient. > > > (Big Snip) > > Hello! > > Your lin target is not in any particular color space, and hence should > not be used as a test for your profile. Targets are not images, but sets > of numbers. To evaluate your custom profile, you should compare an image > having a wide range of known color values-- one of your own files, or > something like the PhotoDisk test file. This file should be viewed on a > calibrated (i.e. characterized and profiled) monitor using a ColorSync > (Mac) or ICM (Windows) aware application. The colors of the soft- proofed > on-screen image and the print, viewed under appropriate D50 lighting, > should be substantially identical. > > Profile City has a well-deserved reputation for quality; I suspect they > are not at fault. Color management is a very complex matter which > depends on a number of factors: monitor calibration; color- management > within applications; and output device profiles. The learning curve is > HUGE! I expect I am about 25% of the way along, but this may be > optimistic. This means I can get good prints on a specific printer/media > combination using my profiled monitor, with files having nicely in- gamut > colors. Most of the time... <g> > > Les > > > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.