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Please hold my hand and walk me thru this

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Sean J Tobin says:

Ok, I thought I understood this slightly, but the more I read, the more I become confused. I calibrated my monitor the other day using my new Spyder2 and I must be doing something wrong because my prints look like someone dipped them in magenta paint.

I calibrated my monitor and the before/after images looked good.

I saved that ICC profile as Spyder2feb82008. In Photoshop CS3, I changed my RGB workspace to this ICC profile.

I downloaded an ICC profile for my Epson R320 for use with Premium Glossy paper from here:
www.redrivercatalog.com/profiles/r320profiles.htm

Click print. In the printer driver I chose let Photoshot manage color. And in the printer profile box, I chose the ICC profile for the printer/paper combo I downloaded. ICM off.

I chose the proper paper settings and clicked print. (there are a lot of other options I'm not sure what to do with, but I think they shouldn't make much difference.)

My prints look like crap.

Where am I going wrong? Someone please help me because I wasting tons of ink and paper. Oh, BTW, I'm using epson paper and ink - not 3rd party.

And if I'm doing something obviously stupid, please go easy on me.

Thanks.
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vikinartist says:

Try seting printer to monitor.mThat ismy best guess by what you say.
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Sean J Tobin says:

I don't understand what you mean by that.
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hogepodge says:

The problem with a printer like the R320 (I have the same model) is that each printer distributes ink differently, even across the same model. You downloaded a profile for a R320, but not your R320.

The other problem is that you set your working space to your monitor space. Use one of the standard working spaces (Adobe RGB, sRGB, etc). Your monitor calibration space makes sure the the images are being displayed correctly, but it makes for a lousy working space.

HP solved this problem in their B9180 printer by adding a self-calibration feature.

Keep notes on what you do, it helps in figuring out the proper settings. You might want to try watching "From Camera to Print," a film about printing sold by Luminous Landscape. I'm generally not a fan of LuLa, but I've heard that video has some good information in it.

If you're using OS X, flickr mail me if you have other questions.
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Sean J Tobin says:

Thanks, working in Adobe RGB pretty much solved the problem. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
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colorcritical is a group administrator colorcritical says:

Hogepodge is spot on. Never use your display profile as your working space when printing.
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