hi I am new here, but have read the forum here for ages.
I read all the prints too dark threads and webpages.
I wonder if something happened with the latest apple Epson printer driver updates now in march, as I printed a lot of files for an exhibition on a different 4900 in February from Lightroom and they were perfect.
Problem: another Epson 4900printer, Mac os Lion, Epson Premium Luster professional 260 roll paper 16 in, dark prints, please do not throw rocks at me-
Epson and Apple, one of them or both, want to print photos, including the test files I can find on the internet, a bit dark:
When I soft proof on macbook air or macbook pro (I know I should use a better display) and use the printer and paper profile (have not tried to get printer to manage colours), the proof preview shows greyish and darkish picture, I guess after choosing to desaturate colour density by 10%, and that matches the prints....
I tried Lightroom 3 and the prints are equally dark
Now that causes a lot of hassle in order to brighten the files before printing.
Did something happen with the updates?
(before I uninstall the Epson drivers and re-install them)
and is it right to choose Epson and premium luster 260 in the printer dialogue, or should it show no colour management? Could not find an option.
--right now I managed to get kinda acceptable prints by desaturating colour intensity by 10% in the paper handling dialogue, but the colours are a little bit tame of course. Prints kinda look like there is a slight grey cast all over them, and the print preview and the soft proof look just like that. (using a test files, the colour ones, from http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/downloadable_1/DL_page.html
is it the gamma thing?http://www.epson.co.uk/Printers-and-All-In-Ones/Large-Format/Epson-Stylus-Pro-4900/Drivers-Support?target=article&extn=.html&articleId=3989
could not find a place to try to change gamma.
Is it the cups issue due to the recent update?http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?topic=64191.0
double icc profiles?http://www.tracyvalleau.com/blog/?p=14
I googled some more, and maybe I am getting closer, I had two versions of the printer driver. I deleted the first one that had less items in the folder.http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1003&message=31085537
and additionally there were no Epson icc profiles in the color sync folder, just the HPZ2100. (that is probably why the HP Z2100 shows up by default in Lightroom...)
Maybe I can copy and paste the icc profiles into the color sync folder, maybe not. Will try re-start also.