I had an inkjet breakthrough today. Of course, it happened by accident. I had bought a sample pack of Adorama paper -- and while experimenting with it, I noticed that they suggested to set the printer "space" to their driver. That didn't do much good, but then I decided, on a lark, to set the printer space as well as the printer driver to Colorlife Paper. First off, it then allowed me to print at 1440 dpi, which it hadn't been allowing me to do before. Second: I've been printing all morning without any smudging. So I am beginning to think that a lot of the problems I was having had to do with printing at 2880 dpi as I had been doing for the last year. One other key setting in the print space area: Intent should be set to Perceptual.
Third: And most important. The black and white quadtones I'm printing, at least so far, look exactly as they look on the screen. No sign of color cast on the first three glossy papers I've tried although I'm printing with the driver set to color as I had been doing all along with the REAL colorlife paper.
This is freaking amazing to me as in the past, I was only able to get decent prints on the colorlife paper and the driver was forcing me to print at 2880.
Of course, the Adorama paper is much cheaper than Colorlife, and probably more photo-realistic looking.
But I have all sorts of other paper to experiment with and I'm expecting that I will get similar results on Ilford Gallerie etc.
I really may be on the cusp of using inkjet for ALL NEW PRINTS. This will allow me to put up many more images for sale quickly and just do darkroom work for the older prints. Let's see. As a matter of fact, I have a nice high res scan that I'm going to try at 8 x 12, something I wouldn't have done before all this. I just haven't dealt with the "archival" paper issue yet.
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This has been a very important day. I will have to write it up at some point, exactly what I'm doing -- but I am getting superb black and white out of the 1280 now on Colorlife Paper at 1440. Real quick, as usual, I am printing them as Quadtones but with Epson Inks, with the color radio button selected.
I'm going to see how they look in the morning -- but I'm seriously thinking that going forward, all new prints are going to be offered as inkjets. In fact -- and this would really be drastic -- I might stop selling the smaller chemical prints as chemical prints but start selling them as inkjets. I'm not kidding. That's how good these prints look to me right now. Probably the biggest variable involved is the ADO quad file and how you futz with the curves, but I've been doing that for two years already. The real tipping point was the Print Source Setting -- and setting that to Colorlife P.P. along with saying "No color correction" in the print driver section. Who would have thunk it?
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