Printing greeting cards with Epson ecotank printer

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  • Orson Kellogg
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    on: July 19, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    I’m trying to print greeting cards with an ET-8500 printer. When I print onto glossy paper, I get great brightness/contrast/crispness. But the matte greeting cards come out less bright and crisp than I would expect. (This is my first Epson printer; I used Canon inkjet printers for years.)

    Does anyone have a recommended greeting card stock? (I’ve used Avery so far.) Or any suggestions for getting better results?

    For what it’s worth, I’m printing from Adobe Lightroom.

     

     

    Mark D Segal
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    Re: Printing greeting cards with Epson ecotank printer
    Reply #1 on: July 19, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    For paper stock, you my wish to check what Hahnemuehle offers.

    Concerning the colour reproduction, don’t forget that matte papers are less reflective than gloss-type papers and display less gamut. You need to adjust your photos under softproof using the printer/paper profile for the matte paper you are using, then use that profile for printing in order to achieve printed results that more or less match the softproof on your display. Not sure whether your model of ET printer allows for that.

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    Orson Kellogg
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    Reply #2 on: July 21, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks for your suggestions and info. I admit I don’t know what “softproof” means. Is that a Lightroom option?

    Orson

     

    Mark D Segal
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    Reply #3 on: July 21, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    “Softproof” means that in Lightroom you trigger the letter “S” on your keyboard in order for the photo to show what it should look like coming out of your printer, once you’ve selected the correct printer/paper profile through which the data passes to both make the print and create that impression on your display. You also need to make sure your display is properly calibrated and profiled so that the photo will display correctly relative to its printed version.

    Mark D Segal Author: "Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop". Please check the PhotoPXL Store for availability.

    Orson Kellogg
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    Reply #4 on: July 21, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Much appreciated! I will check this out.

    Orson

    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #5 on: July 22, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Check this article out here on this site . . .  https://photopxl.com/soft-proofing-the-secret-to-making-great-prints/

    Kevin Raber
    CEO & Publisher of PhotoPXL.com and Rockhopperworkshops.com

    Orson Kellogg
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    Reply #6 on: July 22, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Kevin,

    Thanks, I’ll check out the article for sure.

    Orson

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