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At 06:16 PM 1/10/00 -0700, Gary Hunt wrote: >At 04:46 PM 1/10/2000 CST, Ken Cooper wrote: > > >>"Gerald Olson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> ........<SNIP>......... My goal is to get darkroom quality prints > >> from my epson PRINTER. I could care less about it ever going on a > >> <SNIP> >>2. Not Expensive: Use PressReady with a supported printer and leave it at >>that. This is the kind of applicaton Adobe designed PressReady for. > >Okay, I'll bite. For those of us (myself at least) who have been >letting the PressReady discussions go over our heads because >we weren't interested in CMYK, or in printing to anything other >than an Epson printer for final output, how does PressReady >contribute to this goal? I don't think it supports my EX, but >buying a different printer is not a big deal if it makes my life easier. >Can somebody please tell me what PressReady really does, and >how it could help? Gary... bottom line is, as you know, your printer prints in CcMmYK. It's got two extra inks (light cyan, light magenta) but in most other regards, it's a CMYK machine. Epson has nicely hidden that from us in their driver software. There's a built-in color-separation engine (RGB -> CMYK) that just can't be worked around. Unless, that is, you have a CMYK RIP, or Pressready, or the R9 Plugin. For ultimate control freaks, RGB-space is just not good enough. It all has to do with the "black curve" and how much total ink is delivered to the paper. When you work in CMYK space, you can control these things. In RGB space, it's quite a bit more difficult. All this becomes important the more you get away from "conventional" usage of the printer. If all you're ever going to do is print decent, "normal" color prints on Epson inks and Epson paper, you really don't need to mess with CMYK. OTOH, if you're a mad- scientist type like Dan C., mixing your own inks and sizing your own paper, it's a valuable tool. If your work will be printed on on offset press, then you *must* pay attention to its composition in CMYK space. This is in fact what PressReady is designed for. 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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