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Lightroom Printing on Epson K3 printers (OS X Lion)

color street photography by Markus Hartel, New York City

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download the latest driver for your Epson printer and install them on your machine
– download the manufacturer’s ICC profiles for the paper you’re using. I highly recommend Epson Exhibition Fiber for color and black and white work. find Epson profiles here
– select the correct paper size under “page setup”
– hit command-p, or go into the print module

let’s do color first…
for color select the appropriate profile from the list and set intent to “perceptual”
resolution 300ppi is optimal for a normal viewing distance, 150ppi is still ok for larger prints and larger viewing distances
sharpening depends on taste and paper, matte papers may need a little more sharpening
16-bit printing may give you an advantage with certain images, I have not seen a need for it yet, as 99% of my prints are b/w

if you shoot jpgs with the intent of printing, it’s a good idea to set your camera to Adobe RGB, as the color space is larger than sRGB (s stands for small, as in smallest common denominator). For sharing on the web, resize and convert the images to sRGB before posting. I’d advise to shoot RAW for more flexibility, but that’s a topic for another day.

now it’s finally time to hit the “print” button
which then gives us another set of options… again, make sure your selected paper “media type” is correct and set the print quality to SuperFine – 1440dpi, I’m sure 2880 is much better, but I fail to see the difference and it takes much longer to print. turn off “High Speed” as this option makes the ink heads spray bidirectional, i.e. in both directions and that may cause mayhem, depending on alignment, vibration etc.

there’s nothing to select in “Advanced Color Settings” because we’re pros and print with a profile. Some printer models may require special settings for heavier/thicker stock, but EEF works just fine without further adjustments on the 3800. Your print should pretty much resemble what you see on your computer monitor, which should be calibrated to begin with.

b/w works a little differently… back to the print box… for b/w select “Managed by Printer”
and under “Basic” select your media type/paper, and set color to “Advanced B&W Photo”and the toning to “Neutral”

if your monitor is calibrated, and the goal is a neutral print, you won’t need to mess with other settings, except setting the Tone to “Darker”, which by now I think is the standard setting. the same theory applies for sharpening and thicker paper stock, it all depends.

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Markus Hartel is a (street) photographer, graphic designer and educator living and working in New York City.
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