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1. After steadfastly claiming, for many months now, that my Epson prints don't fade, I must finally admit that there is some slight fading, on a print made about five months ago, and stored in the dark. The overall image has turned just a bit green (loss of magenta ink?) I discovered this by reprinting my "reference" image, from PS4, and comparing it to the print made five months ago. I suppose there could be other explanations for the color shift, but fading seems the most likely culprit. 2. Some -- or most -- of the extra contrast and punch in my Wizi results seems to be coming from my use (or misuse) of PS5 color spaces. The same image, printed on the same Epson paper, with the same Epson ink, looks somewhat more contrasty when printed from PS5, than when printed from PS4. No printer profiles in *either* case. Clearly, I have some issues to work out with my setup/usage of PS5. 3. Considering 1) and 2) above, I must now confess that Wizi is doing a very good job. I think it still has a problem with cyan skies, though, and just a touch of excess red in the shadows. The effects that I found so shocking in my last few posts now appear to be coming mostly from other issues. (Hopefully, I'm not just rationalizing all this!) 4. A profile made for the Hahnemuhle Photo-Matte 170 paper (again, with Epson ink) was spot-on, first try. Except, of course, for those cyan skies. Wizi seems to produce very consistent results. As I recall, there had been some comments that glossy papers are harder to profile (on Wizi, anyway) than matte papers, and I think I agree. But the Hahnemuhle paper is a good, hard-coated stock that produced pretty nice results even without a profile. Wow! Life is for learning! Somerset Velvet will be the next test, and I'll probably have to move on to that Generations ink cart before the day is out... My thanks to all of those on this list who pushed and nudged me into doing all this extra work. I think I'm finally starting to "get it." rafe b. - 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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