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In a message dated 1/20/00 8:05:45 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >Just wondering... > >Is it reasonable to expect that a profile >can "fix up" or otherwise improve the pale >blacks and deep shadows from the standard >Generations ink set? > >In general, I like what I get from Generations >ink on Epson media (or Hahnemuhle Photo-Matte) >but the deep shadows are pale -- as reported >by many others. > >Question is: is this an appropriate job for >Wiziwyg (or some other profiling package) or >is this beyond its normal application? > >I'm not certain how a profile can make an >ink set print "blacker." I haven't tried it, >though. Wondering if others have tried, and >if so, with what success. The standard Epson RGB drivers control how black is generated from the RGB file, so an RGB profile has little leeway. CMYK profiles aren't limited to printing blacks with only 100% K, but can print them with whatever maximum CMYK combination the paper can hold, and can set the dark tones to match, offering the ability to adjust for "reversals" (sometimes adding a bit more ink makes it lighter not darker) and "casts" (but watch out Rafe, if you scanner has a limited d-range, it can't read the color of those very dark areas accurately, and might cause shadow casts)... but the bad news is that to access these features you need not only a good CMYK RIP, but advanced profiling software to control the black channel elements. The simple solution is to stick to inks that work well under the RGB drivers limits. C. David Tobie Design Cooperative CDTobie@designcoop.com - Please turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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