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Re: 3rd party inks

<x-charset iso-8859-1>Once again, thanks for all the feedback and helping me learn more about all
this. Once my web site is
available - which will be soon - I'll post to this list so that people can
understand more about the kind of
work I'm involved in and how digital imagery plays a role in that.

Once the 2200 is available I feel sure I'll need to learn about and use
custom profiling. In the meantime, and based
on Bob's comments below, maybe someone could answer another thing I've been
struggling to understand:

When I scan a slide with the Nikon scanner, I scan in 42-bit mode. Based on
the ppi I'm scanning at, and very basic
arithmetic, the size of the resulting TIFF file makes perfect sense -
typically around 100 megabytes. When I
open that same file in Paint Shop Pro (7.0.4) it reports the image as being
a 24-bit image with a size about half the
file's true size on the hard drive. Then when I save a copy of it (unedited)
the copy on the hard drive is also half the original
file size (I've checked the compression option to make sure I'm saving it
uncompressed). My question is this: does this
degradation in file size (and presumably therefore in quality) have anything
to do with the color space I use to scan the
image in the first place?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Frost" <bobfrost@btopenworld.com>
To: <epson-inkjet@leben.com>
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 2:28 AM
Subject: Re: 3rd party inks

> Ray & Bernie,
> As I understand it, one of the main reasons for inventing the sRGB color
> space as a universal standard, is that the sRGB profile doesn't then have
> be attached to the image file. The operating system ICM2 by default
> sRGB unless told otherwise. So everyone saves the bandwidth that the
> would use, if it had to be attached to all jpegs etc (it would often be
> bigger than the image).
> Since many scanners, printers, digicams use the sRGB standard, and most
> monitors approximate to sRGB, it makes sense for most people to use it.
> Those on this list are clearly not 'most people', and many use custom
> profiles to squeeze the last bit of color out of their printer/ink/paper
> combination. But I doubt very much if 'most people' could tell the
> difference between an sRGB managed print, and a custom profile print.
> Bob Frost.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bernie Epstein" <bepstein@comcast.net>
> > Ray:
> >
> > You may find the following excerpt helpful. It's from a review of the
> Nikon 4000
> > ED by Steve Hoffman at
> >
> > Bernie Epstein
> >
> > sRGB is still a rather new standard and some folks are not comfortable
> with it.
> > The following information is a quote and was taken from Adobe
> Color
> > Management technical support page. The link to this information is no
> longer
> > available. However, I'll print the information and hope that Adobe won't
> get
> > after me..;^)
> >
> > "sRGB is a standard promoted primarily by Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft.
> It
> > reflects the standards for HDTV broadcast (Gamma=2.2, Primaries=HDTV,
> White
> > Point=6500K).
> >
> > One of the reasons to use sRGB is that Hewlett-Packard is promoting a
> workflow
> > in which hardware devices such as scanners, non-PostScript printers, and
> Web
> > browsers will be optimized for RGB data in the sRGB space. If you are
> using such
> > devices, sRGB will provide the simplest workflow.
> >
> > sRGB reflects the characteristics of the average PC monitor. If you are
> > producing graphics to be viewed on the Web, sRGB will reflect what most
> viewers
> > see. The downside to sRGB is that it has a limited color gamut and
> > represent as many colors as other color spaces. It is not a good choice
> for
> > professional prepress users since too much of the CMYK gamut lies
> of it.
> >
> > Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard think sRGB solves a lot of problems with
> > un-calibrated RGB. Personally, I find sRGB perfect for web imaging and
> printing
> > on my PhotoSmart and Canon S800 photo printers. In fact both of these
> printers
> > are optimized for sRGB input. I've been told that the Epson photo
> are
> > also optimized for sRGB. It is best to know in advance the color space
> your
> > intended output device is optimized for before you prepare you image for
> > scanning. Adobe's Photoshop will allow you the option of opening an
> in
> > your working color space space and profile while temporarily discarding
> the
> > embedded profile. You can also 'convert to profile' after your image is
> created.
> > This Photoshop feature allows you to scan and save in fairly wide color
> gamuts
> > like Adobe RGB 1998 or Bruce RGB and convert it later to any number of
> other
> > equal or lesser gamut color spaces or profiles.
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