The Z3100 driver often falls back to the factory default when the setting is changed in the driver as shown in the application you print from. At least that is something I experienced with Windows versions right from the start more than 3 years ago. In Windows changing the printing preferences in Printers and Faxes to "Application managed color" solves that issue. Another method is to make the settings in the driver and save them as a printing shortcuts, that way you can make a B&W shortcut that actually uses the Printer CM in B&W mode instead of the HP B&W mode default that does the opposite.
met vriendelijke groeten, Ernst Dinkla
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Good to hear from you again! I remember you since my Epson 3000 days! How are you?
Obviously, with every new gizmo and every new upgrade we face the risk of ongoing frustrations. Sometimes I feel I’m spending more time fixing problems than producing photographs. Will that ever change? Probably not.
I wasted tons of time and paper today without solving much. What I learned is this:
My job logs state that the printer was in charge of color management all the time. Well, it may be true or it is a simple software bug (not for the first time coming from HP). It is confusing but I personally think the statement is correct.
When I work on my photographs and send a job from CS5 to Print (CS5 running in 32bit mode because of my plug ins) the Print window gives me the two traditional options of Color management being driven either by PS or my printer. I usually choose PS for color prints (and printer management for BW since it triggers a true quad tone printing with Z3100 on heavy matt papers).
Then the Print settings window opens and as for Color options I can only choose between color and grayscale. My choices for Color matching are either via ColorSync (with my Z3100 created paper profile) or Vendor matching. Vendor matching is a new feature and I really don’t know what it is. It is not explained (perhaps this is my issue?).
Then Preview opens and I see the picture as I saw it on my master monitor. I hit the Print button and with Snow Leopard I pray for mercy…
In any case, when choosing PS (CS5) to be in charge of color management, the results are a mess. My test prints are darker and obviously double profiled. On the other hand, when I choose printer to manage colors, the prints are fine.
Therefore, as I already said in the beginning, without the traditional option of NO COLOR MANAGEMENT (as in CS4 under Leopard 10.5.
choosing PS (CS5) does not give satisfactory results because it fights with the printer for control (at least in my case of HP Z3100).
I admit that I’m a technological idiot. Perhaps I’m missing something very obvious. Well, if you find the obvious, please share it with me.