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> Bart, is it really that easy? That sounds marvelous > > Jerry Actually, it is. I use an Epson 700 for colour and a 740 for quadtones. I tried the six ink quads, but they don't work well on a wide variety of papers - best on coated watercolour (banding on Epson papers). So I went for the 4 ink 740 - excellent. You could equally try the new, larger 4 ink 1160. For most b&w images I fiddle with the levels, contrast etc, convert from greyscale to RGB and print. I am 95 - 98%% happy with these. You can get some muddy midtones, especially on faces (though it isn't that bad). I usually find playing with the curves will sort this out. I also have a Concord Rag CMYK curve I got from somewhere. I apply it totally inappropriately by converting to CMYK, and it somehow does a great job of lighten up the midtones! Doing this, I have many images I consider as good as, and sometimes better than what I did in the darkroom. I am printing MIS inks on Epson Photo Glossy, the new Photo Matte, Somerset Enhanced, Concord Rag, as well as waiting for samples of Osprey and some Red River papers (I know the Epson paper isn't archival - these images are for pro competitions or editorial submissions - what is important is that they look b&w). I am sure the magic bullet may be out there for those mid-tones (complicated PS actions, Horses, R9 etc etc), but as I say, I am at least 95% happy with what I can get by going the simple route. BTW, don't try using one printer for colour and B&W - it takes several dozen cleaning pages to move from one to the other - a lot of ink and time. Tim A - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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