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| p.1 #1 · Printer - time to upgrade? |
I am trying to decide if it time to replace my trusty Epson 1400 printer. I regularly print 13x19 on Epson glossy paper, and while I am generally quite happy with the 1400 there are times that the output is so far off from the screen (especially reds and yellows) that it causes headaches. I wind up printing 4x6" test prints while changing rendering intents, profiles and develop settings to get the print to look like I want. I thought that softproofing with Lightroom 4 would help, but not so much. If I upgrade it would likely be to an Epson 3000 or 3880 (looks like the 3800 is no longer made). It is hard to know how much things would be with an printer upgrade, thus the reason for this post.
I print from Lightroom 4 using a calibrated Asus monitor, on Epson Premium or Ultra Premium papers using the ICC profiles from the Epson web site.
Is it time to upgrade? Should I first try a custom ICC profile? Any suggestions or advice welcome.