Somerset Velvet on Epson 1280

Started Sep 2, 2002 | Discussions thread
David Earl Regular Member • Posts: 271
What about profiles for the uncoated paper?


I did forget to mention that I was using the uncoated version with Epson standard inks in my 1280s.



Ednaz wrote:

It matters a whole bunch. What's typically called Somerset Velvet
is an uncoated watercolor paper - that means no inkjet coating to
minimize dot gain, and the ink really soaks in. It's one of the
handful of papers of choice for big professional printing houses
like Nash Editions. And, printed with dye inks, you'll get some of
the best longevity you can get in any way shape or form. Pigment
inks are only so-so on it, they don't soak in enough to get the
right effects, and the blacks in pigment ink sets depend on
coatings to show real black. Profiled correctly, with dye inks
you'll get images that are only a bit less contrasty than on a
coated watercolor paper, with a drop dead lovely softness
(contrasted with the hardness of a gloss paper.) I used to print a
lot of stuff on this paper with dye inks, and it's one of the
things I miss now, only having pigment inks. There's a certain
special look...

Then there's Somerset Photo Enhanced Velvet, which is coated for
inkjet inks. It's the same paper base, but with a coating to keep
the ink from spreading and to give blacks some real depth. Dye
inks won't have the same longevity as pigment inks, but they'll
have all the other dye ink advantages on this paper - blacker
blacks, richer saturation. Pigment inks really do well on it,
though, and the pro print houses often prefer this paper for
pigment ink prints. With the right profile, you can almost get the
gamut of a glossy paper (although you'd have to profile it yourself

  • all the downloadable profiles I've seen are very, very


Assuming you are printing with the second one, since the first one
isn't available everywhere in cut sheet sizes, you can download a
profile for the paper and your printer at Legion Paper's web site.

As a side note, I've printed with pigment inks for quite awhile now

  • first with a CIS on my 2 Epson 1280s, and now with an Epson 4000.

I've found that using the Arches Infinity profiles for Somerset
Photo Enhanced is many steps up from the quality you'll get using
Legion's profile. In my opinion, it's only second to creating a
custom profile.

To get the profiles for your printer from Arches Infinity, go to:

In any case, follow the detailed instructions that accompany each
profile whether they make sense to you or not. For example, for
most CIS systems you ALWAYS use paper type Premium Glossy, no
matter what the paper is...because paper type controls how much ink
laydown you get.

And, heavyweight matte would definitely look flat and dull, just
from the way the ink gets laid down.

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