Can’t imagine why, though. Because I knew little about the printers that specifically printer. Whenever you purchase by clicking through from this blog to these sites, it helps pay for all the materials, ink, time and technology I need in order to provide you with these posts. Your explanation was concise and well written. Last time, I showed how to use ICC color profiles with the Epson in order to achieve stunning color prints. Maybe Lightroom is saying that it won’t be able to print true neutrals of these values.

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A suitable colorimeter or spectrophotometer, such as: Even though professional Epson, Canon, and HP printers come with dedicated black and white modes, none provide means for accurate soft proofing. Your settings are absolutely right, the target should always be printed without any color management and you should double check the driver settings to ensure color management is also disabled there.

This would give you more control of the output and rendering intent and is less prone to user errors or incorrect driver configurations.

Black & White ICC profiles and soft proofing

Hi Brett, Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. The link you provided is interesting, though, particularly where they talk about maybe the ABW settings not actually providing a meaningful difference. Last time, I showed how to use ICC color profiles with the Epson in order to achieve stunning color prints.


The end result is adcanced same, but the RGB profile is more compatible. Quality of Printing from Blacks.

ICC Profiles for the Epson Advanced B&W Photo Driver

I realize it’s for the Epsonbut can’t imagine why there would be a difference. This color cast is imperceptible. It helped me a lot to know more about the printer.

Brett — thanks for the article. How can this workflow be adapted to photoshop cs6?

Feel free to write me with any questions you may have. Linearization ensures that your printer reproduces tone values evenly throughout the scale, from paper white to solid black. This is an interesting challenge, but some testing should help narrow down the issue.

Can you use “advanced B&W” printing on the Epson 3880 to print on “Fine Art” papers?

I agree completely on the Measure each patch and export the values in the QTR format. I’ll e-mail you a sample profile for you to test.

Black and white prints have always been a weak spot for this technology. I’ve been using Lightroom haven’t tried it in Photoshop yetand telling LR that the printer should be managing the colors.

It’s a b&&w warm, but not overly warm like you describe. If you’re on Mac, drag them here: I totally agree with Bob Read more about gamma correction here. All done here, and on to the tricky parts. I would be interested to hear what you think.


Fine Art Black-and-White Inkjet Printing on the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 or Epson SureColor P800

Find out what’s new and notable about the Z6 in our First Impressions Review. I would appreciated your comments about that I have a new ‘Canon MX Printer that I am still in the process of learning about all the e;son things it can do.

Your explanation was concise and well written. An alternative would be to print using the color mode and create a custom color profile for it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. My sincere thanks to all. The Nikon Z6 may not offer the incredible resolution of its sibling, the Z7, but its 24MP resolution is more than enough for most people, and the money saved can buy a lot of glass.

Conclusion I hope this is helpful in learning to make better black-and-white prints.