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QTR Curves for Epson R2400
« on: August 26, 2016, 04:13:33 PM »

I am going to explore printing with QTR on my Epson R2400 with the Epson UC K3 inks. I do not have the hardware to do my own printer profiles. QTR comes with a few, but very few, profiles for the photo black ink. I do not plan on printing on matte or watercolor paper. So I have several questions:

Is it possible that there are curves that other individuals have made for this printer that they would share or make available for purchase? If so, where?

Also, the cure/profile names are a bit cryptic. I can figure out a few of them. Where could I get a 'key' to these names? Or possibly would someone here know what they meant? Examples:

UCpk-IlfordSmooth-neut. Obviously this is Ultra Chrome photo black on Alford Smooth neutral tone. But which Ilford Smooth? There are 4 'smooth' papers in their Galerie Prestige line. Can I assume it is the Smooth Gloss?

Then:

UCpk-raw-neut. Is this just a generic curve? If so, would a generic QTR curve give me any better results than Epson ABW or system level color management?

The only other curve is for Museo Silver Rag, so just a total of three (each with 4 tones).

Sorry for all the dumb questions. Just a novice trying to work my way up. Thanks.
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Re: QTR Curves for Epson R2400
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2016, 02:34:45 PM »

I've asked this question in the Yahoo QTR forums and have gotten no answer there either. Tried making a print with one of the provided generic curves (labeled as 'raw neutral') and got no better results than with Epson ABW. A good bit worse in fact.

So this means that if there are no shared or tradable curves out there for the R2400 for various photo papers then QTR will not be of much value without the ability to make my own curves.
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Re: QTR Curves for Epson R2400
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2016, 09:38:01 PM »

Okay, I know I'm the only one in this discussion but here is what Roy Harrington had to say in the Yahoo QTR forum:

"You'll probably be fine using the existing curves. The ilfordsmooth for most photo papers. Silver rag for baryta papers."

Another member also said:

"I have found that the Ilford smooth curve works very well for IGFS on most of the printers that I've tried it on."

This does not reassure me that I will do any better with QTR than with ABW. But QTR is shareware. I'll try these two curves out and see how they compare to Epson ABW and if they do well I'll purchase QTR.

I'm not knocking QTR but if you cannot make your own curves and if there isn't a database of curves out there for you to choose from then QTR does not add too much capability for an older model prosumer level printer like the R2400.
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