I can usually get to the bottom of most printer troubles eventually in time but this one is giving me a hard time. I wondered if anyone could shed any light or suggest a solution for the following:
Ive picked up for the studio an Epson 5000 which is in good order for very little money but I feel its about to end up in the bin.
I cant seem to get a linear greyscale strip from it at all.
Printer is firing cleanly on all 6 colours, and heads are aligned.
Theres no OS X driver from Epson for this model so Ive tried the following:
Gimp/CUPS driver v.5
Fiery RIP Station
iProof software RIP
Epson Stylus software RIP.
What I seem to get when printing a greyscale strip is it starts off nice and white then grey…gradually getting darker then before it goes completely black at the far end it lightens up on the next to last square before going black! The amount of ink going down also seems excessive.
If you profile in this state all the high densities are all freaked out and posterized.
I get a really neutral even strip using the iProof driver but it’s a really coarse dither so ok for proofing at arms length but not good for photo prints.
I havent tried the Epson OS9 rgb driver as even if i setup a spare Mac to host the 5000, you cant printer share between OS 9 and X.
We print from Photoshop CS in OS X 10.3.9