A&P my frist R2400! any tips??!

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  1. Hypnos_VI

    Hypnos_VI JENGA!

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    i just got my Epson R2400 set up, and ive sent a few pics thru, but i cant seem to get the pictures to look like my screen. the prints come out much darker. ive only owned monochrome printers so this is my first color.

    to tell you what i got, and what im doing:

    R2400 [obviously]
    Apple 20" Cinema display [set to epson adobe RGB 1998]
    printing on Ilford Gallery Pearl.

    i thought if you have the monitor and the printer set to the same color profile it should come out pretty close, but the prints are much darker.

    i realize buying spider pro might help...but im really poor atm so any suggestions would be much appreciated.
     
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    Tedrzz New Member

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    i have my MacBook calibrated at Gamma 2.2...

    try that?
     
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    your software package should allow you to proof using your printers profile.

    run software calibration on your screen, try supercal. not as good as hardware but its something.
     
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    profile your monitor first. what program are you printing from?

    if PS, finish editing your print, save it, then goto Edit - Convert to profile, select the 2400-blahblahblah (that you can download from Ilford) for that paper/ink/printer combo.

    then hit Print, in the driver set the paper and all the other stuff, then in color, go advanced/custom and select NO .icc color management.

    then in the PS print driver set it to PS determines colors.
     
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    Hypnos_VI JENGA!

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    im actually printing in lightroom. i find that photoshop doesnt like printing my film scans. even at 3200 dpi it likes to print a nice little film sized square on the paper, even when it is told to do an 8x10.
     
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    ok, LR, same principles

    at the bottom, select the .icc profile of the paper, adjust your print sharpening (optional), select relative or perceptual, then in the print driver say no color management, and select the paper and whatever else
     
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    Hypnos_VI JENGA!

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    so far i have tried the .icc profile for the smooth pearl paper, which came out more color accurate to what i see on my screen, however it is still too dark. i also tried setting my gamma to 2.2 on epson adobe rgb, lets just say i canceled in mid print to save ink [ which apparently im blowing thru?!]

    so im thinkin maybe just set my monitor to a darker setting, maybe apple rgb and hope that that matches my printer. least till i can afford some new hardware
     
  8. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    r2400 makes some sweet matte images.
     
  9. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    epson FTW!
     
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    Hypnos_VI JENGA!

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    haha i just went to replace my black ink and print a 12x17 black and white on some pearl paper...and i def bought a matte black ink today. lol, now i have 3 matte black inks...whoops!
     
  11. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    you should buy your ink at atlex.com
     
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    so did you actually calibrate your screen or are you still guessing?
     
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    Hypnos_VI JENGA!

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    i havent calibrated the screen yet. i was trying to a few different things and ran out of black ink. lol. ill calibrate and try again after i get annother -photo- black
     

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