I tried the new profiles that Bill Atkinson
recently posted on his site at http://www.billatkinson.com
I tried them with the Epson 4800 and had excellent results. So far
I specifically tried the profiles created with the
Gretag McBeth measurement device and software, the GM1, GM2 and
Here are the exact names of these profiles:
- 9800 PGL 1440 Std
- 9800 PGL 1440 Std BA GM2.icc
- 9800 PGL 1440 Std BA GM3.icc
One thing I learned is that these profiles
need to be used with the Perceptual color intent option, and not
with the Relative
intent that I also
use (those are the two only rendering intents I use). I also leave
Black Point Compensation unchecked with Perceptual.
Here's a screen
shot of the settings I use in the Photoshop Print with Preview dialog
Print with Preview dialog box in Photoshop CS2
you linearize your printer with Epson ColorBase?
linearizing your printer with Epson ColorBase prior to using the
profiles. I wanted to know how much
of a difference linearization
so I printed the same image, with the same profile, before and
after linearizing the printer with ColorBase. The two
prints were very
close to each other.
This may be because my printer was already very close to specs,
or because ColorBase
linearizing makes only minor adjustments (it did in my case).
At any rate let me say this: if you have an Epson 4800
and you do not have access to a densitometer (which is necessary to
try using Bill Atkinson's profiles without doing a ColorBase
linearization. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results.
In turn, if the
results are unacceptable,
you will know that linearization is necessary. And of course,
if you do have access to a densitometer, it is best to linearize
I can also report that Bill's profiles work very well
with the Epson 4800. I printed the same image with the Epson profiles
with the printer
(the "canned" Epson
profiles) and with Bill’s profiles, and I can see a marked
improvement in neutral colors as well as in the overall color
and contrast of prints done
with Bill’s profiles.
Abstract 1, Tucson Barrio3
So many profiles, so little
The daunting part of Bill's collection of profiles is
their sheer number. You have 32 profiles for Epson Premium Glossy
and 48 profiles
Premium Luster and Epson Premium SemiMatte.
Here is the
approach I recommend to make this process a little less daunting:
the best thing to do is to work with a single paper, in my case Epson
Premium Glossy which I like very much.
Second, narrow it further
down to a specific brand of measurement device and software. In my
case I chose
Third, in Photoshop use View> Proof Setup> Custom> Device
to Simulate and select the profile of your choice.
Don't forget to choose the Perceptual
Rendering Intent and to uncheck Black Point Compensation
and Preserve RGB Numbers. This allows you to do a soft
proof on screen to see
that each profile
brings to your image. This custom previews shows you
a close screen approximation of what your print will look like.
the same dialog box you can also visualize the difference between
profiles by quickly going from one profile
to another in the list
under Device to
Simulate. Since profiles for each specific specific
brand of measurement device and software
are located below each other, switching back and
forth is easy. What I do is place the Custom Proof dialog
box to the
of my screen,
and the image
am working on to the left of the screen, so that
the list of profiles do not hide the photograph.
Fourth, read the PDF
file that accompany each profile. It details the specifics of each
profile. Pay particular
differences listed for each
profiles. For example, the difference between the
GM1, GM2 and GM3 profiles is the Gamut
- Colorful for GM1
- Chroma Plus for GM2
- Classic for GM3
I found this very helpful since these 3 gamut mappings
follow the gamut mapping of my scanner profiles,
which were also
device and software.
Here is a screenshot of the Custom Proof Setup
Dialog box in Photoshop CS2:
Custom Proof Setup
Dialog box in Photoshop CS2
This sums up my experience with Bill
Atkinson’s new profiles
at this time. I plan to continue testing them,
this time trying out profiles created
brand of calibration software and hardware.
you have any questions, or want to share your own experience with
these profiles, do
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