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Date:      Sun, 20 Nov 2011 01:33:53 -0800
From:      David Southwell <>
To:        Warren Block <>
Subject:   Re: epson printers on amd64
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On Saturday 19 November 2011 21:27:42 Warren Block wrote:
> On Sun, 20 Nov 2011, wrote:
> > Warren Block <> wrote:
> >> On Sat, 19 Nov 2011, David Southwell wrote:
> >>> Anyone up to date on how to do high quality printing with
> >>> epson inkjet printers (in my case r2400 and r2880) on amd64
> >>> systems.  print/pips* reports they require 386 and do not
> >>> compile on amd64.
> >> 
> >> print/gimp-gutenprint works pretty well from Gimp, although
> >> I have not figured out how to get consistent color and brightness.
> >> It supports both of those printers.
> > 
> > I'm sure I'm not alone in doubting that _any_ ink-spitter is likely to
> > produce "high quality printing" or "consistent color and brightness",
> > regardless of the host support used.  Those printers are designed to
> > be manufactured as inexpensively as possible so as to be sold at very
> > low prices, the profit being in the recurring ink sales.  "Cheap" and
> > "high quality" tend to be incompatible design goals.
> (Sorry, I hadn't realized I was replying on -emulation, which is meant
> for computer emulation.  CCed to -questions on this reply.)
> Quality color photos are the one area where inkjets really can do a good
> job.  Experimenting with cheap Epson R200 and R280 has shown that they
> can print better quality photos than local photo printing places.
> Color and brightness are consistent until I print a different photo.
> Gutenprint saves the settings, it's just that they don't work
> the same with different photos.  Possibly this is due to my changing the
> wrong adjustments.
> Oh, and I've only used Gutenprint on 32-bit systems so far.

To get high quality printing with good inkjet printeres like r2400 and r2880 
here are the main steps I follow:

1. Define the colour space (e.g adobe rgb 1998) to be used when the image is 
being captured.

2. Shoot using the correct white space setting for the scene.

3. Load onto the computer having first profiled your monitor.

4. Use your  preferred editing software (e.g. photoshop) using a defined 
working space colour profile e.g. adobe 1998 (I prefer prophoto which is  
32bit floating decimal point).

5. Convert the colour profile of the image to the working colour space.

6. Process the image.

7. When processing complete choose the paper for printing.

8. Make sure you have a suitable colour profile for that paper for your chosen 

9. Print using the appropriate paper profile.


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