Can I get better results in matte prints?

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Can I get better results in matte prints?
Sep 9, 2013

Hi all!

I'm a happy owner of an Epson 3880 and while most of my prints look fantastic I've been struggling with matte prints. The colors are fine but the blacks look very weak. I know its impossible to match a glossy or luster paper in terms of contrast and gamut but something seems off.

What I do in Photoshop : Crop to my paper size, print settings, printer manages colors, select paper in driver, and print. Is this the right way to go? Should I assign (or convert to) an ICC profile? Do I leave the picture in RGB or do I convert to CMYK first? Should I make Photoshop manage colors? I'm a little lost as to what a modern printer can manage by itself.

Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper vs Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte.

Is this a normal thing? Or am I doing it wrong?

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