You and others reading this may first think like I did, why would that matter when we have checked "No Color Adjustment" in the colorsync dialog. I assure you it does, and despite the fact that NCA is checked there is, at least for me, there is some degree of interaction here at some level. In my case, the profile listed in the summary window when using PS was "Generic RGB" which was present when the profile was created. In the ID summary, however, "Epson Standard" was listed, and that indeed skewed (until changed to Generic RGB) the print results using the custom profile in the usual and normal manner.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
This problem has been vexing me for months. I have sought and received advice from informed sources, had my settings checked by gurus, and reinstalled applications and the OS many times. Your message gave me the clues to fix it.
The solution isn't quite as you say. The key is to make sure that ColorSync is using the Generic RGB Profile.icc
, not necessarily the profile that works in some applications.
You can find this profile in: /System/Library/ColorSync/Profiles/
As you said, it is totally counter-intuitive but you can drive color all over the place in some applications by making ColorSync use different profiles. Generic RGB is the only one that gives the right colors.
In my case, Photoshop has been giving banding in flesh tones. Printing from Lightroom and InDesign is fine.
When I print from Photoshop with my Epson 4800, ColorSync is set to the default Pro4800 Standard profile when I look in the print setup summary. Using the ColorSync utility to point the Pro4800 Standard profile to something else immediately changed the color. (The ColorSync utility is not intuitive, just as this problem is not intuitive. You can't change the default profile to anything other than Standard. However, you can change the Standard profile to point to another profile.) Only when I pointed the Standard profile to Generic RGB did the color come out right.
It is rather confusing and I'd be glad to walk anyone through it step by step. But it works. I have only tested it with Photoshop 10 (the CS3 beta) but I'm sure it works for other versions.