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Old 03-30-2005, 11:31 PM
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Angry CS printing with colour cast

This one is stumping me. I'm using PhotoShop CS on a Mac G5 Dual 2.0 w/2gig ram and the Epson Photo 1280 printer. Everything was going fine when suddenly my prints have a blue cast to them. Printing out a 50% gray test, it turns light blue!

In the printer dialog I am using Adobe RGB (1998) as my source profile (which it is) and in the Print Space area I can either select Adobe (1998), Same as Source, or even the actual Epson Matte Paper Heavyweight paper profile with the same results.
I'll hit PRINT - and the next dialog let me select the printer etc. and I choose my 1280, set my print options (photo, best photo etc.) and turn color management off (which has always worked in the past). If I hit preview at this point, the image appears as a pdf and actually shows me the colour cast (sometimes it's more pink than blue). Sometimes the image looks correct, but when I print it, it will print with the colour cast.

Has anyone else run into this and if so... what's the answer??!
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Old 03-30-2005, 11:39 PM
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Out of curiosity, if you turn the color management on does the pdf print preview still show the color cast?
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Old 03-30-2005, 11:45 PM
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Color Management

According to the web...
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Lighter than normal prints with a strong blue cast generally indicates that you are using your printer profile in more than one place.
These links may help:
Color Management: Troubleshooting Common Problems

Understanding Printer Colour Management

Out of Gamut: Color Management Made Stupid

Color management and color science: Introduction

Epson Color-Managed Workflow

Color Management - The Color Conundrum

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Old 03-31-2005, 12:07 AM
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Found this tidbit about the Mac...

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In the "Color Management" window, click on "No Color Adjustment" in the mode setting. Do not choose the ColorSync option on the Mac. You may be wondering why we suggest turning off the ColorSync option when using Photoshop 6.0 or above on the Mac. That's because the Mac version 6.0 and above actually performs a color conversion before sending the color data to the printer driver. If the ColorSync option is still on, the printer driver will take that data and convert it again (we call this double-sync jeopardy).
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Old 03-31-2005, 07:08 AM
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...using the printer profile in more than one place?

[QUOTE=T Paul]According to the web...

Thanks! I'll look at the links you provided, but I'm not sure what you meant by "using the printer profile in more than one place"??
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Old 03-31-2005, 07:11 AM
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Out of curiosity, if you turn the color management on does the pdf print preview still show the color cast?
I've turned it on, checked ColorSync, and let the Epson software do it's own thing with the same results. The problem seems to occur AFTER I hit the Print button in PSCS, and before the image is sent to the printer.

I'm hoping to find the answer in the links you've provided.

Thanks.
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Old 03-31-2005, 08:10 AM
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Mike i am having same problem,. i have blue and yellow lines down the picture, i am assuming i am out of ink, but i checked and i am in ink so what it is i don't know is it epson again, this is my 2nd printer from epson maybe i should learn...

I have epson r300
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:10 AM
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Legacy, try doing a head clean. Unlike many printers where the jets are part of the cartridge, Epson have permanently attatched printer jets, and if the printer has been stood a while then sometimes the jets clog. This would produce problems like those you describe.

First run the head test utility, then the head clean utility, then head test again.
(Sometimes it takes a few goes to clear the blockage.)

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:46 AM
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Thanks! I'll look at the links you provided, but I'm not sure what you meant by "using the printer profile in more than one place"??
I believe what they meant is that many times people have Photoshop performing color management, but they also have their printer performing color management and the results are that your image is converted twice. It is highly recommended that you choose one and turn the other's color management off.

Hopefully you will find the answer from one of the links. If you do please share; someone else might encounter the same problem.

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Old 03-31-2005, 09:53 AM
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Mike i am having same problem,. i have blue and yellow lines down the picture, i am assuming i am out of ink, but i checked and i am in ink so what it is i don't know is it epson again, this is my 2nd printer from epson maybe i should learn...

I have epson r300
Are your lines always in the same place? If so, it may be that there is ink on those rollers and you just need to clean them. This thread may help:

Problem Getting Quality Prints
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