Hey, guess what. I finally got the ImagePrint Demo to recognize my printer. It was a stupid thing, it didn't want USB001 in the setup, it wanted Epson Stylus 2200. And you know what, I just printed a completely neutral b&w print on the Hahnemuhle PhotoRag paper (under Tungsten light).
There are different profiles for different lighting sources. It is a little too dark outside to get any idea of what it will look like under daylight. Probably a bit greenish.
I also installed the QuadRIP software but couldn't get it to work. It wanted me to install the Microsoft Network Loopback adapter, which I did - but I don't think this is really ready for prime time on the PC and there are only a couple of profiles at this point for the 2200 under windows.
But the ImagePrint seems very promising. Tons of profiles for every type of paper. More later...
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Yes. Phew. Very exciting. Several neutral b&w prints. No artifacts or any problems under tungsten light. Oh, and they look good as well. I want to do some more testing - just for the hell of it on gloss or semi-gloss paper with the photo black cartridge. This is way better (for me) then what I went through with the MIS inks. They also have profiles that enable a tinting option for the b&w. Haven't fooled with that yet. Really curious to see what they look like in daylight tomorrow.
Well, that's all for today. Enjoy the joint press conference.
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NOTE: I took my two b&w prints to the window, where there is a lot of reflected shade, bluish light. The two prints look even better. In fact, they remind me in terms of blacks and contrast of the difference between looking at a darkroom print in different light. My room is very tungsten. There is a floor standing lamp with a yellow shade. A couple of other lamps, and very little daylight filtering in from the one window. I would often take my darkroom print into the bathroom where there are very white walls and they always looked better than in my room. I had the same experience with the two ImagePrint b&w prints. The paper simply looks whiter in the window light, and the blacks look richer.
As a side note - not to be ignored - what I see on the monitor is damned close to the final print. I haven't tried any color prints yet. And I haven't tried anything on semi-gloss with the photo black ink yet. There are a bunch of settings between Photoshop and ImagePrint that need to be set correctly, and of course you need to, at the very least use something to calibrate your monitor (I did it with the Adobe Gamma gizmo, which isn't the best way). I suspect that if I sprang for some real calibrating software / hardware this would all be dead on.
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Just ordered IMAGEPrint Lite. Will have it on Monday.
NOTE: PREMIUM LUSTER PHOTO PAPER 10/1/04
I swapped in the Photo Black cartridge and did a few black and white prints on the Epson Prem. Luster Paper with ImagePrint. These are by far, the best b&w prints I've ever gotten out of an inkjet. Really a nice cold tone. Yes, there is bronzing - let me see how bad it is when the thing is dry. But I tell you, at this point, the quality is so good that they are worth the effort of spraying with ImageGuard or something along those lines. And basically, I'm talking first time out of the box. Look at the thing on the screen, soft-proof it, bring it into the the RIP and let it RIP. I am getting a warning message in the RIP about some tag not being understood and being ignored - will have to find out what that is about, but it doesn't seem to be effecting the output.
Yes, there is a slight color shift - very slight moving from Tungsten to Daylight - but I'm not sure you would see it unless you were looking for it. I'm also thinking that there are compromise profiles, maybe halfway between tungsten and daylight. Also, I haven't used the gray profiles yet which allow you to warm or cool the print. So far, so good.