Hi, Larry. I have used Costco for one color picture so far, of the
recent total eclipse. They did very well with it. The colors were
unusual, because the sky color does weird things at totality. The print
matched my file nicely by eye.
I decided a while back that my inkjet color printing was never as good
as what a lab could do, and much more expensive and painful. So I
suspect I'll use Costco or a lab for color work from now on. Back when I
set up for B&W printing, a dedicated printer for B&W was the way to go.
Now, I'm not so sure.
My screen is calibrated, but I don't do anything special for color
management beyond that and using sRGB output. No extra profile used.
Should I? Do Costco's printer outputs differ significantly from straight
sRGB as seen on a calibrated screen?
For at-home B&W printing, I have curves for the ink and papers that I
use installed into QuadTone RIP. I'll have to ask the folks at Aurora
Village Costco if the profiles would help or not for B&W. Sometimes what
works for a good color picture shows slight color casts in B&W. I
remember distinctly that the order form had a check box for "B&W," not
sure if this was to turn a color file into B&W, or to specify a
I've got one of my R1800's nozzles unclogged and another half-unclogged.
Another Windex soak is in the works, and I hope this is worth it...
> Hi Peter (fellow Seattleite),
> I've been using my Epson 3880 using ABW for quite a while and am always
> impressed with the B&W output. It's as close to my old days of silver
> output as I've seen.
> Locally, I would definitely try the Costco down on First Ave. or the
one up at
> Aurora Village. I'm assuming that if you use Costco, you are using
> Creek printer profiles, they have very current ones for both Fuji
> Archive as well as an Epson 7890 (which is news to me). I'd call them
> by) and talk to them about whether they need info to mark the print
> I'd also be happy to print one off at my house.
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