Hi all. I’m just making my first attempts to calibrate my color pipeline. I have a GretagMacbeth i1 Photo and I’m using Mac OS 10.5.3.
My setup is decidedly consumer-level at the moment: a new 20" iMac and an HP C5100-series inkjet printer (my Epson R800 is out for service). And I have an Epson Perfection 1200U scanner and a Nikon CoolScan 2000 film scanner.
I created a profile for the monitor. Doing so for the printer is proving to be a major hassle. It’s not clear to me how I print the “purest” chart for sampling with the i1. My questions focus on two issues:
- What app do I use to print, and what combo of printer-driver and app settings? One major problem is that the printer-driver dialog presents different options that depend on the app that invoked it. For example, with the GretagMacbeth Eye One Match or with plain old Preview, the Print dialog offers “vendor matching” under the “Color Matching” settings.
When printing from Photoshop, ColorSync is forced on you in the “Color Matching” section. Doesn’t that make it impossible to make a “native” printout of the test chart?
- What to do about paper types? HP (and others) insist on using brand-specific paper descriptions and give us no way to specify the characteristics of the paper in general, a big problem as paper is discontinued or you’re using some other brand. I thought I’d pick one paper type in the driver and print test targets on each kind of paper I use, creating a profile for each one. But it looks like I need to use at least a special setting for glossy paper, since the “plain paper” setting created washed-out colors on glossy paper. But there’s no generic glossy setting in the HP driver.
Even worse, most paper types (even the HP-branded ones) are inexplicably disabled when you’re printing from Photoshop.
What are people doing about the paper-type problem?
Thanks for any insight!