Proper image format to Qimage One to Epson SC P800?

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  • Bob Rockefeller
    Bob Rockefeller
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    on: August 14, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    I edit photos in PhotoLab 6 and want to print to my SC P800 via Qimage One (Mac). How should I export finished files from PhotoLab to Qimage?

    Right now I’m sending 720dpi JPGs. Should I be using 16-bit TIFs? Or just 360dpi files and let Qimage upsize as needed?

    Bob Rockefeller
    Midway, GA

    Kevin Raber
    Kevin Raber
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    Re: Proper image format to Qimage One to Epson SC P800?
    Reply #1 on: August 15, 2023 at 8:17 am

    Qimage is easy to use.  It should work well with tiff or jpeg.

    I suggest you export out to a full-size file at 360ppi and use a 16bit Tiff file.   This will give you a file with the most info to make a good print.  Hope that helps.

    Kevin Raber
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    Bob Rockefeller
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    Re: Proper image format to Qimage One to Epson SC P800?
    Reply #2 on: August 15, 2023 at 9:03 am

    Thanks, Kevin. That’s what I will do.

    Bob Rockefeller
    Midway, GA

    Andrew Rodney
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    Re: Proper image format to Qimage One to Epson SC P800?
    Reply #3 on: August 16, 2023 at 11:49 am

    You should be editing in “16” bit, but it is kind of pointless to print from it; it makes no difference. Many drivers accept high bit but only send 8-bits to the printer. Sure, if the driver accepts it, even if it sends all those bits (a few Epson’s on Mac do), there is no colorimetric difference I can measure, but you can send your master 16 bits to the driver. IOW, unless (like some native Epson drivers on some macOSs, it hits a nasty bug) you can leave the high-bit data as is. But you can send 8-bits too.
    JPEGs, not ideal; lots of data loss from the original data. Send TIFF.

    Author “Color Management for Photographers" & "Photoshop CC Color Management" (pluralsight.com)

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