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Old 05-22-2012, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was given a new Epson R2880 printer!

I just got my first photo dedicated printer. It is an Epson R2880. It was a gift from my family. I have a few questions though on paper profiles and screen calibrations.

I just printed my first photo per request of my mother and it is slightly darker than how my screen shows it. Do I need to edit the photo or do I need to change a setting in my printer software? I am totally new to printing photos.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you have not calibrated your monitor do so for both color and luminance. If you have not, you can pretty much expect every photo to come out darker printed than what you see on screen because it is two totally different types of media and most modern day LCD screens are way too bright.

So, if you calibrate your monitor, and are able to change the luminance of your screen with the calibrating software, take the luminance down to 120 or so, mine is set to 110 for my Mac ( I print alot ), and you should be pretty close to golden.

If you do not have any software, then your pretty much stuck with only being able to change the brightness in post processing to match.


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after some looking around I found that I have color calibration and I went through that. I could only find a sliding bar to adjust the screen brightness so I dimmed it down a bit.
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So I have edited and printed about 5 small photos so far. Each one needing a slightly different scale of brightness to them. I know with film that you do most of your work with test strips so to not waist materials. is there a way to do this with printing? I have been using full 8.5X11 photo paper for 5x7 prints.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cut the paper down and make a custom size in your print settings.
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