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3800 "posterization" with RR Premium Gloss Plus A7

Started Oct 12, 2008 | Discussions thread
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3800 "posterization" with RR Premium Gloss Plus A7
Oct 12, 2008

I'm starting to do some note-cards with the 3800 and using Red River PG+ paper. This is under OS X 10.4.11. I've printed quite a few images with other paper over the past several months and all has been fine.

On an image which is a close view of a milkweed pod (warm colors) and out-focus foliage in the background (greens, shadows and white highlights) the shadow/background areas are very grainy and the edges have the posterization look. The prints have an overall flat look.

On-screen softproofing in PSCS3 shows none of this, and I've tried printing with RR's profile for this as well as the Epson Premium Glossy Photo profile. Both prints look the same so it isn't these profiles... The image in PS and LR on the LCD look about the same. The monitor IS profiled, but a bit out of date - but I still would see this kind of error on screen.

The image was initially processed in Lightroom 2.1 and printed from there as well as PSCS3. I've done a little profiling in the past and this has the look of a bad or wrong profile. color management is turned off for the printer.

Don't know if this is related, but had to initiate the print process several times from LR before anything went to the printer. The first time I hit print - LR goes through the motions but nothing is sent to the printer. Then when I do another print, it kicks off.

Could the profile info be getting lost or something?

=Alan R.

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