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#1 afx

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:44

Has anyone here done comparisons of Epsons ABW mode with regular printing.
Basically doing the whole CC managed stuff but switching the driver to ABW in the end?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:53

To be honest I haven't tried it for many years - the method of changing the tint (using a tiny, Epson-supplied image) was simply not accurate enough. This might be OK to use if one doesn't have Photoshop, but using Photoshop's colour management combined with proper profiling and calibration means you can get the tone of the B&W pretty well spot on with the actual image you're printing on screen, not something that might bear no relation to your own image at all. (N.B. I use an Epson 7800, so that is the interface I'm referring to here, later printers might be different in the handling of ABW).

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 20:11

Ok, yes, the tint stuff is silly.
I was thinking BW only.

I had read that the AWB mode uses only the BW inks which is supposed to add to the permanence of the image (no yellow) and saves a bit on the color inks.

So far I have not seen a visual difference I must admit. (Feeding the driver BW images using the custom ICC profile for the printer.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:22

That's funny---I have read that Epson's ABW uses several non-black inks.
I've used the ABW warm tone setting a few times because it brings back pleasant memories of the way prints looked on Agfa Portriga-Rapid chlorobromide paper.
Keith B.





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