Digital Imaging and Computers Forum

Digital Imaging and Computers Forum This forum is for discussing digital photo processing, including RAW image conversion, Photoshop techniques, digital photography workflow, digital image management, and anything else related to digital image processing.
Digital Photography Software Guide >>
Read and Write Photography Software Reviews >>
Read and Write Photo Printer Reviews >>
Computer Reviews >>
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008

    bad b&w quality on Epson 1400 printer

    I have an Epson 1400 printer. When I send images to print in black and white, I get a lot of cyans and browns. The image is not really in a gray scale format. Any ideas why this is happening, and how to fix it? The monitor shows the image in true gray scale.

  2. #2
    Captain of the Ship Photo-John's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

    Re: bad b&w quality on Epson 1400 printer

    That's because your Epson - and most inkjet printers, print with color inks. Subtle color problems may not be apparent with color prints. But when you want real black and white, they become really obvious. There are a couple of ways to deal with the problem. The best one is to "profile" your monitor and printer. If you haven't already profiled your monitor (alibrated it with dedicated profiling hardware and software), then the problem might actually be with your monitor. Every printer and monitor inteprets color a little differently. Profiling calibrates devices to an outside standard so that they see and reproduce color as closely as possible. There are two main companies who make profiling systems, Datacolor and x-rite. That's where I'd start.

    Datacolor Web site
    X-Rite Web site

    We also have a color management product review section. That's whhat profiling is usually called in the broader sense, because it helps you manage and control color between devices like your camera, monitor, and printer.

    Last. but not least, some inkjet printers have special black-and-white cartridges or print modes that eliminate the color inks that are causing the problem. But ultimately, the problem is a color management issue. And I think all serious digital photographers need to be doing some sort of color management - especially if you're printing at home. At the minimum, profile your computer monitor. Because if it's not right, you're never seeing the actual color of your photos.

    Your reviews are the foundation of this site - Write A Review!

  3. #3
    Panarus biarmicus Moderator (Sports) SmartWombat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004

    Re: bad b&w quality on Epson 1400 printer

    I would say first to get black and white inks.
    That'll give better results than a profiled system with colour inks.

    I agree with you, John, on profiling your system, but my experience with today's LCD monitors out of the box is that they need little change from the manufacturer's profile. Both the Dell at work and Benq at home are nearly perfect.
    After half a year or so, the ageing of the fluorescent lights in the monitor will cause a colour shift, then profiling is essential.

    Scroll down to the Sports Forum and post your sports pictures !

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts