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In a message dated 6/17/99 8:36:51 PM, you wrote: <<i just purchased the lysonic inks for my epson 1520 - when i print a black and white image on somerset velvet the black is not a true black but a blue black does anyone out their know how i can get the lysonic inks to print true black. ps. when i change my inks back to the epson inks and print on somerset velet i get a stunning bold black ink tone - what's the deal here? aren't the lysonic inks supposed to be the best? I really need some help!!! jay seldin>> Jay, For a more precise understanding of what may be going on with your black color output you might want to supply a bit more information regarding the system you use and settings you are using in both the software and the 1520 printer boxes. Monitor calibration is an essential part to this equasion as well. I've been printing on a 3000 for the past few months with Lysonic E inks on the new coated watercolor paper stocks from both Lyson (Standard paper) and on the Concorde Rag. The quality of color gamut and black ink intensity is a remarkable improvement over Lyson on Somerset uncoated rag. For that matter it is a significant improvement over Epson OEM inks on Somerset as well. This is not to say this is the answer to your querie but it would be something to consider if you are looking for a deeper black in print. Print color is another matter. If your files are grayscale only you may want to consider exploring photoshops duotones, tritones or quadtone settings. This won't give you a deeper black than Lyson is able to attain but your print color will be infinitely variable. If your files are converted from RGB to grayscale and you are using an ICC profile specifically designed for the 1520, Somerset and Lyson inkset you may want to apply the profile before making your conversion. I've found this to improve my grayscale tonalities since a big part of profiling is setting your black and white points and the corresponding quarter, half and three quarter tones. An aside to this response is a question I have for you. Are you the same Jay Seldin who assisted with me at the Friends of Photography 1986 Workshop on The Black and White Print. If so drop me a line off-list to catch up. MJCreedon@aol.com -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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