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Photos are always too RED

Discussion in 'Epson InkJet Printers' started by Davehuge, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. Oct 7, 2018
    Davehuge

    Davehuge Newbie to Printing

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    I have an Epson SX215 which I have been very happy with.

    It works perfectly for printing general documents but whenever I print my photographs they always come out too red. It's always been like this.

    Is there a global setting that I can adjust to fix this?

    Thanks, Dave.
     
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    Ink stained Fingers

    Ink stained Fingers Printer Master

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    Could you please print a nozzle check, scan it and post it here , which type of
    cartridges are you using - Epson or 3rd party ?
     
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    Davehuge

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    Hi, I was using genuine Epson cartridges and now I'm using pattern cartridges, but to be honest I get the same results with both.

    Here's my Nozzle Check print out...it looks good to me.

    NozChk.jpg
     
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    Ink stained Fingers

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    yes, the nozzle check looks o.k., you are printing your photos ? Are you processing them in any way in a photo editor - Photoshop or alike ? Did you try to use the driver, the color adjustments to compensate the red cast - to reduce the red ? Are you doing any color management - profiles - calibrated monitor etc ?
    You may use a test image like this one for a printout to see how that is doing , it includes as well some gray scale areas which should not print with a color cast. Other test images can do the same job,
    https://www.marrutt.com/calibration-image-jpg
     
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    PeterBJ

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    If the printer driver allows adjustments of the colour, then this test image and procedure might make this adjustment easier.
     
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    Yes I'm printing my photos. Photos taken with my Canon EOS SLR. I'm not processing them at all, just copied straight from the camera onto my computer then printing them.

    The images and colours look great on my computer and other computers.

    I guess I could process each photo I wish to print and reduce the red but it can get very tiresome, I was hoping there is a way of making the adjustment once.

    Thanks for the link to 'Test Image'. I try printing it today and give you feedback.

    Thanks, Dave.
     
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    Davehuge

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    Just printed the 'Test Image'. It definitely is too red, for example the motorcycle engine in the top right hand corner has a pink tinge to it.

    Where do I go from here? Is it possible to tweak the driver and reduce the red?

    Here's what I'm using...

    Epson SX215
    PC running Windows 10
    I'm printing directly from 'Windows Photo Viewer'

    Many thanks, Dave.
     
  8. Oct 8, 2018
    stratman

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    What ink are you using? Is it OEM Epson or aftermarket?

    What paper are you using - brand and type?

    What printer profile are you using - default installed with the printer or a customized ICC?

    IS the Paper Type set correctly (Glossy, Matte, etc) in the printer to match the type of paper used?

    The accuracy of color reproduction of the printed image at its most basic level is a partnership between the ink (OEM or aftermarket), paper (manufacturer and type) and printer ICC profile. (OEM or custom made) Change one of these variables and the color accuracy may have very unpleasant results. If you use an aftermarket ink or paper other than the recommended paper by the manufacturer of your printer then you may need a customized printer ICC profile.

    Additionally, any manipulation of the image prior to printing, such as with Photoshop, can alter the color accuracy as well.

    One other consideration is that the color space of monitors is different than that for printers. What looks good on the monitor may not look as good on the printed page. This gets into the topic of color management, which is an ocean, deep and wide.
     
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    Try the instructions in PeterBJ's post #5 link. Settings may have different names or availability because you have an Espson and he used a Canon printer.
     
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    Davehuge

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    Hi Stratman

    I'm using aftermarket cartridges.
    I'm using plain paper and also glossy Epson photo paper (same problem on both, too red).
    What printer profile? I'm just using the standard driver that downloaded from Epson's website, I haven't adjusted anything.

    I'm not looking for absolute perfect colour replication, I just want to turn down the RED for all printing rather than having to adjust each photo individually.

    Is this possible? Can anyone point me to instructions how to do this?

    Thanks, Dave.
     

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