I am at my wits end with this problem I am having. It has been happening since I originally got this printer (epson 960). I had a profile made by Dry Creek Photo. We had some problems making the profile and I had to send the targets in changing settings a couple of times to try and nuetralize the darker tones until I finally got a OK profile that I could live with. However it never corrected the weird paintbrush effect I have in the darker brown tones pictured below so I delve into the problem once again. I called up Chromix and I spoke with Steve about it and he said they would give it a try and was confident that it could be fixed and if I wasn’t happy there would be no risk other than a few dollars in postage. Cool, Done. I promptly recieved my new profile only to discover that not only was the profile still giving me the same problems but the soft proofing was not even close to the output! Called Chromix tech support as well as emailed I was told the only options were that I either printed the target incorrectly or the printer is having problems. I was pretty confident in my ability in going through the print dialog box so we determined it was a bad printer. SUPER! Finally solved my age old problem…or did we?
I promptly started shopping for a replacement and had my eye on the Epson R800. I had previously owned a 2200 and this was suppose to have a wider gamut. I decided to download the publicly available profile from epsons web site to do some soft proofing and compare color gamuts between the two printers. To my suprise it had the same problem that my 960 profiles had when soft proofing. Which on my 960 does show up in the final print so it is not a soft proof or monitor calibration issue. I then downloaded the 1800 and 2400 profiles for the same paper and found the problem gone!
So, my question is this: What is causing this problem? Is there a difference between the large format printers and the small format printers with regards to color gamut or print driver? Is there a problem with the profile that is causing it to misinterpret the colors and do this weird painting thing in the darker browns? Please help me get out of this nightmare so I can either get a good profile for my 960 or buy a R800.
Epson 960 Custom profile:
R800 Epson custom profile:
2400 Epson custom profile
R1800 Epson custom profile:
Thanks in advance for any help,