[argyllcms] Re: FW: Profiling Epson ABW Print Driver

  • From: "Alan Goldhammer" <agoldhammer@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <argyllcms@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2011 08:06:33 -0400

I know of only two approaches.  Eric Chan has posted some ABW profiles for
the Epson 3800 and 3880 on his website
(http://people.csail.mit.edu/ericchan/dp/Epson3800/index.html) and also will
make ABW profiles for a modest cost.  (He has prepared 3880 ABW profiles for
the three gloss papers that I usually print on but not the matte papers).
All that is required is to print out a 51 step B/W target that is on his
site.  The second approach is to get Roy Harrington's QTR program
(http://www.quadtonerip.com/html/QTRoverview.html) which provides both a RIP
and some added tools that allow building of an ICC compliant ABW profile.
Unfortunately, the background material on his site is a little dated and he
calls for using an i1pro with Profilemaker 5 to read the charts (either 21
or 51 step B/W).  Profilemaker 5 did come in a trial version that could read
or scan patches but with the recent upgrade in the software by X-Rite is no
longer available.  One could read the charts manually and enter the data
into the program but that is not especially appealing.  When I looked a year
ago, the major profile making vendors did not support an ABW only profile in
their software.


If you look at
http://www.outbackphoto.com/printinginsights/pi045/essay.html#20070201 you
can see Giorgio Trucco's observations of the Epson 3800 ABW driver.  The
driver is pretty darn linear but a profile will give you some additional
help.  You can also then experiment with the tone settings in the Epson
driver to see which will give optimal results on an image by image basis
since having an ICC profile will permit softproofing in Photoshop which
cannot do in the absence of one. 


I suspect a good software tool would be of value to all those who use Epson
printers since the company has implemented the ABW driver across all of its
models.  I don't know how Canon and HP implement their B/W printing paths
(whether they have a dedicated driver).  Unfortunately, I'm not a good
enough programmer to figure out how to implement this.




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Subject: [argyllcms] Re: FW: Profiling Epson ABW Print Driver


Hi Alan,

Please keep us in the loop.
I for sure would be interested home made ABW profiling.

Skype: Ithilstone

On 6 July 2011 01:36, Alan Goldhammer <agoldhammer@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Thanks, I'll have to look at another approach.


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