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OK, Kokleong, you got me to test my printer settings once again! Maybe I'm one of the really picky ones, but the preferred setting for the EX (since I don't, unfortunately have a Rodney custom profile) still doesn't work for me. I thought that maybe the problem was my monitor calibration (Ian's remark about using color space without PCM checked looking ok to those with poorly calibrated monitors, particularly since I still have a lot to learn in that area. So I decided to take the monitor out of the loop. I downloaded Andrew Rodney's RGB test pic, brought it into PS without converting the color space and just printed without making any changes other than to the print settings. Test number 1: In PS, Bruce RGB for color space (since that's what I've been using ... probably should have changed it to Adobe RGB since that's the space the image is in ...), PCM unchecked. In the Epson driver, color adjustment with my current settings for Epson Photo Paper which are Bright +6, Contrast +2, and Magenta -8. Results: generally excellent color balance; gray scale wedges show clear and subtle differentiation from one to the next and are neutral (although the paler greasy are showing a slight green cast, which means I need to cut back on my magenta adjustment); skin tones neutral, MacBeth color blocks a bit on the pale side, but hues seem correct when comparing to a third-party color reference chart (guess I'll have to spring for a MacBeth chart tomorrow, though, to be really sure). Test number 2: In PS, Epson EX, PCM unchecked; in the Epson driver, ICM. Results: very saturated, lots of contrast and pop, color balance on the reddish side; the dark Grey wedges on the top show NO change until the 6th one down; the skin tones on the two faces look pleasing at first compared to test number 1 as the colors are denser and there is more contrast overall, but a closer look reveals that the skin tones are overly red and overly dense, particularly in the shadow areas; the skin tones in the hand are definitely too dark - there is almost a Grey cast to them; the MacBeth color blocks have lots of pop. Test number 3: In PS, Adobe RGB, PCM unchecked: in the Epson driver, ICM Results: similar to my test number 1, except there is a magenta cast and the print overall is less bright and has less contrast. Test number 4: In PS, Epson EX, PCM unchecked; in Epson Driver, no color adjustment: Results: completely unacceptable - too dark. Where does this leave us? Different perceptions, or different systems? I'm working in Win 98, most recent EX driver downloaded from the Epson web site. Cathy -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Tham Kok Leong Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 1999 7:54 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Settings in Photoshop - an Update Hi everyone, Here's a short note on photoshop printing. Have included some results from using different settings. Let me know what you think....I'm always game for improving my articles(!). Not surprisingly, Andrew Rodney's custom profile gave the best results:- http://lioncity.s-one.net.sg/~printer/print/ps/ Ian Lyons has also updated his article on photoshop printing http://lioncity.s-one.net.sg/~printer/print/ian_ps/ He's added more technical info but his original workflow is still intact. Cheers kokleong http://come.to/digitaldarkroom -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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