« on: December 06, 2013, 08:25:49 AM »
Thanks for the detailed reply and that's some interesting math! I have owned several Epson printers over the years and have never been happy with the color, even after extensive calibration. The Canon profiles and ability to print in 16-bit color aren't perfect, but MUCH closer than any of my calibrated Epson's ever were. Being able to make a single print versus many to get the color right is going to save me a lot of money.
The first few prints out of my new to me printer weren't so good. I used the modified version of the Atkinson Test Print that is available for free online.
The print done with the Canon Pro-10 was stunning.
First print from Epson 3800 was bleh. More like WTF because the demo print that was done for me was absolutely stunning on the same Canon paper. The person I bought the printer from sells prints for a living, so I bet he had it dialed in...
Then I found a new revision for Traditional Photo Paper ICC profiles (10.0 12/09/2013) and PDF instructions on how to use it on the Epson website. Once I followed the instructions for Photoshop, I could not visually differentiate the Epson 3800 output from the pro-10 output- even using an Epson printer to print on Canon photo paper so my stash of buy one get 4 is good .
Similar issues in Lightroom, but once I figured out what profile to use, print output was fantastic.
Even moreso considering that some of the cartridges in the 3800 printer are 3 years old.
Granted, the printer interface for the Pro-10 is much nicer than the Epson, and switching black inks is automatic on the Canon and must be done manually on the 3800.