Page 9 – 22th March 2011
For the first B/W print I am just going to use some Epson Premium Glossy media. The test image (B/W1) was converted using Silver Efex 2.
The original digital file which has been resized down to 500 x 333 pixels for web viewing
The first print (BW2 above) has been made using “Printer Manages Colours”, this has produced a slightly darker photo than the original file. There is also a very slight cyan colouration to the overall print, but I must stress this is very subtle and unless you put the print side by side to a neutral print you may not be aware of a cyan bias. The shadow areas have blocked up and display very little detail.
The next print BW3, has been produced by “Photoshop Manages Colours” and manually assigning the Epson Premium Glossy profile. This displays the same slight cyan cast as the previous print but shows slightly more detail in the shadow areas, but the overall print is still too dark for my taste.
The final print BW4, was produced by selecting “Printer Manages Colours” and then selecting the Advanced BW Photo setting. This has produced the best B/W print of the day. The print more or less matches the screen display and does not show any signs of a colour cast. Shadow details are held and there is detail in the white areas of clouds.
The Advanced BW photo setting explained.
One of the mistakes that most people make when using this setting is that they also apply a media profile, this is not necessary as the Avanced BW setting will take care of this for you.
Just select Printer Manages Colours in Photoshop CS5 or No Colour Management in previous versions of Photoshop.
Selecting the Advanced BW Photo forces the printer to use the K3 inks (three blacks), the colours are now not used. Having said that, the lighter colours are still used for creating a Neutral, Cool, Warm or Sepia effect. Clcking on the Advanced button will open up the next screen where you can fine tune the desired effect for your photograph.
The Advanced BW Photo settings has been available on Epson pigment printers for some time.
As previously mentioned, these are scans of actual prints and whilst every care has been taken to match the original print there may be a small deviation in tonal quality from the originals.