Mark D Segal

Mark D Segal

Toronto, ON

Mark has been making photographs for the past six decades and started adopting a digital workflow in 1999 first with scanning film, then going fully digital in 2004. He has worked with a considerable range of software, equipment, materials and techni...
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Two Moab Papers

Two Moab Papers

Two MOAB Papers Entrada Rag Natural 300 & Entrada Rag Natural Coldpress 300 Legion Paper recently introduced its Entrada Rag Natural Coldpress 300 (hereafter CP300) paper, so having used and liked its Juniper Baryta paper, I thought it would be useful to...

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Epson Legacy Baryta II Paper

Epson Legacy Baryta II Paper

Two Papers, Two Printers Readers will recall the unfortunate demise of a number of inkjet papers from several paper companies, all having the common characteristics of being luster-like paper with a baryta component. Epson is one such company, which sought to replace...

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    Mark D Segal
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    Converting images to a media profile
    on: February 22, 2024 at 2:05 pm

    The normal workflow would be to leave the photo file in a wide gamut RGB space like ProPhoto RGB, especially if it is colourful and you will be printing it in a modern inkjet photo printer such as an Epson P5000, P900, etc. which are capable of reproducing colours outside the RGB(98) colour space. This way, the file can be multi-purposed by assigning different profiles for the different destination spaces you may be using over time, which could differ from one order or situation to the next. When it comes to preparing a file for print, you know which paper and printer you will be using for printing it. So the first thing you want to do is softproof it for that set of conditions in say Lightroom or Photoshop, if one of those is the application you will be printing from. You probably know or can easily access the instructions for setting up a soft-proof preview and then making any necessary image edits under soft-proof, perhaps if in Lightroom on a “virtual copy”. The softproof with a properly calibrated and profiled monitor will give you the closest view of what to expect from the printer. Then when you get to print, you opt for Application colour management and select the Media Type and the ICC profile you used for the softproof. Make sure the printer drive is also set coherently. This should render the photo as you intended.

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    Re: Epson P900 and Mac OS 14.3.1
    Reply #1 on: February 20, 2024 at 3:24 pm

    I’m glad It wasn’t just me.  Yes, I could have slowed down on reading the instructions.  Again, I do appreciate all the support.  Other than that, I’m super happy with the printer.

    Hugh, it definitely isn’t only you. I’ve heard a substantial portion of the trouble that ends-up in calls to tech support gets resolved by trashing an AirPrint install and opting for the Series driver instead. And yes, that printer does a real good job.

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    Re: Epson P900 and Mac OS 14.3.1
    Reply #2 on: February 20, 2024 at 3:21 pm

    Its kind of simple: examine what Apple asks you to install on macOS. Always install Epson print drivers (certainly for the Pro line) only from Epson.

    Andrew, from what I’ve seen for some time now, Apple doesn’t even offer to install Epson drivers for pro-line printers any longer. In fact they tell us to go to Epson. The issue arises when having downloaded the driver combo installer package from the Epson support site and you go through the pretty obvious guided install procedure, there is one point at which the user needs to tell the process to install the Series driver, but the choice of AirPrint is right up-front, so unless one is watching carefully what one selects, it has proven easy for people to install the wrong one. That’s the issue. You’re right, this is not difficult, but it does require being a bit more than usually attentive to what one is doing, otherwise mistakes can happen.

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    Re: Epson P900 and Mac OS 14.3.1
    Reply #3 on: February 20, 2024 at 8:55 am

    Epson is very well aware of this problem, but I’ve heard they do not have complete control over what needs to be done about it. I don’t understand either the logic or the details of what their constraints may be, but at the least I would encourage the company, as you have, to be much more “in your face” with unmissable advice to not install it; however, let’s face it, even if they do that many people don’t read instructions in much detail, so it could be helpful to some but not others.

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    Re: Epson P900 and Mac OS 14.3.1
    Reply #4 on: February 19, 2024 at 9:50 pm

    That damn AirPrint driver is a tricky one.  It gets a lot of people.

     

    Yes, that’s why I asked.

    According to Epson: “AirPrint™ makes it easy to print emails, photos, web pages and documents from iPads and iPhones. There’s no software to download, drivers to install or cables to connect. Your Apple device will automatically connect to AirPrint–enabled Epson printers.”

    Fine.

    Now all they need to do is improve the driver install procedure so that the choice between AirPrint and Series hits one in the face, including a brief explanation that AirPrint is NOT a full-featured driver, so users would be less prone to selecting the wrong option.

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