For this part of the test I just want to see how well the printer can produce a photo quality print with the minimum amount of user control, in other words we just set the settings to automatic and let the printer get on with the task. For the first test I simply put our photo-i test chart on a SD memory card and let the printer do a direct print, you can see this on the video – although the sequence has been sped up in the demo.
The print was produced on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper and took 1 min 7 seconds. The quality is excellent although there is a slight shift towards Cyan, this can be seen in the mid grey tones on the B/W elements in the test print. The colours are vibrant throughout, the reds are particularly lively. On the whole I am impressed by what the fully automatic settings are producing.
For the next print I used Photoshop CS6 and selected Printer Manages colours, this in theory should produce an identical print to the one produced via the memory card reader.
The print now displays warmer colours, we have lost the slight cyan cast and the greys are totally nuetral. Considering this printer does not have a set of dedicated black/grey inks it has done a remarkable job on out print. The colours are perhaps not as lively as the print direct from the SD card, but nevertheless they are still vibrant. I particularly like the skin tones on Sophie. The screen shot below shows the Printer Profile that is selected by the printer driver – EPSON XP850 750 Series Glossy, although I had selected the media type as Epson Premium Glossy, see the next print details.
I have also produced a print using Photoshop Manages colours. When this is selected you can select a profile from the Printer Profile drop down list. I selected EPSON XP850 750 Series Premium Glossy which should match the media being used.
For some reason the test print is looking very heavy, the blacks and grey’s have a very warm cast and Sophie looks like she has a fake tan spray. I think this profile may need some tweaking.