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Old 02-21-2005, 06:55 PM   #1
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Is anyone out there printing InDesign files to an Epson 1280 (Windows XP Pro)?

I get great results printing photographs directly from Photoshop, which makes sense, as it's a photo printer.

But trying to print page layouts from InDesign is a nightmare. I can't get accurate color, or even semi-accurate color, no matter what I do. I've tried using CMYK, RGB, and Pantone Spot, and the colors are still way, way off. I need to print proofs of a 2-color cookbook, and I can't get close enough on the color to show the proofs to the client.

Does anyone have a good formula for printing to this printer? Or do I use it for photos only, and invest in something else for printing page layouts? I sort of miss my old DeskJet 720C. It committed suicide (did a backflip off my desk), or I'd still have it.

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Old 02-22-2005, 11:57 AM   #2
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Michele...what do you have set in ID's color management prefs???

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Old 02-22-2005, 01:08 PM   #3
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Michele...what do you have set in ID's color management prefs???

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I am using the same color management settings in IDCS and Photoshop.

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>>michele: I am using the same color management settings in IDCS and Photoshop.

Well...bummer!

Let's get specific...tell me what your settings are in Photoshop and tell me how you print from Photoshop--what settings in the Photoshop print window and what setting in the Epson print window...

What is your Photoshop working space?

Is your monitor calibrated?

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Michele...just read this on the ColorSync-Users list (they let me subscribe even though I'm pc based...'-}})...not sure if it will help but figured it might...

>>Subject: Re: Color Manglement in InDesign
Ive been through a similar thing lately and now get the same results as with
Photoshop CS. Heres some settings I had to change when printing:

Ive got my Colour settings the same as Pshop CS ie Europe Press Defaults.

In Print Dialog under Advanced, set Transparency Flattener to High res
Under Graphics, Images, set send data to all. Then under Colour Management source space document and print space your
printer profile or document if printing target.

As long as the printer specific settings are the same as when outputting via
Photoshop, then ive found it now prints the same

Even though all client Macs were set up the same I had some variation from
one client to another when going out CMYK to a Xerox 7700. Turned out that the ppds on a couple of machines where different versions causing difference in saturation.

Above is using Indesign CS >>


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Terrie,

Thanks for the info. My settings are as described, except I don't use Euro Press Defaults. I have a custom setting--Adobe RGB for RGB, and US Web Coated SWOP (v2) for CMYK.

It's my understanding that the Epson Stylus Photo 1280 is not a CMYK printer, so I've been leaving my images as RGB. But I'm not having a problem printing images. It's colored text that is the problem. I cannot get a match to any swatch book, not process and not Pantone. Not even close. The job I am working on now is supposed to be black and PMS 021 (orange). It doesn't print orange, it prints a dull brown. I've tried tweaking the color mix, and cannot get a match. So I am wondering if the 1280 is just not built for this purpose.

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Old 02-22-2005, 01:47 PM   #7
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michele

just to let you know- i used a friend's 1280 to output pages from indesign cs- and the colors were fine- so it IS possible.

have you tried printing from a pdf of your indesign page?
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Terrie,

Good idea, I will try that.

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>>michele: Good idea, I will try that.

Let me know what happens...

I haven't worked enough with ID with color stuff to feel comfortable with it but I do a lot in Photoshop with text and I've never had problems with colored text I've created in Photoshop and then taken into ID...

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>>michele: It's my understanding that the Epson Stylus Photo 1280 is not a CMYK printer, so I've been leaving my images as RGB.

That's exactly right...


>> But I'm not having a problem printing images. It's colored text that is the problem.

ahhh...ok...I missed that...sorry...does it print out ok if you print from Photoshop?

What happens if you make a pdf and print that?

Are you using the same paper type (Epson print window) as when you print via Photoshop?

Do you use "no color adjustment" in the Epson Advanced printer settings?

Is the text created in Photoshop or in ID???

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