Thought I'd chime in here since I started this pesky little thread: Hopefully those here printing b&w have been following this same thread in the Adobe forums as well (Adobe Product Forums>Adobe Photoshop>Photoshop Macintosh).
Eric Chan and I have been hammering this topic to death over there. And, Eric has found what seems to be an air-tight workaround for using ABW profiles and printing accurately in PCSC4 using ABW. This is how it works:in CS4:
- Edit -> Convert to Profile. Choose your custom B&W profile. Preview image should look ok.
- Edit -> Assign Profile. Choose Generic RGB. Preview will look bogus. Ignore it.
- Do File -> Print. Choose Printer Manages Colors. Rendering Intent doesn't matter.
- Set ABW driver settings as desired.
I might add on a very important note that, on Eric's recommendation, I'm printing my ABW targets using PSCS3
and building ABW profiles from those CS3 targets. I use these profiles when printing from CS4
. This is a very important point! And, needless to say, prints are consistent with the soft proofs from those profiles. Speaking of which, if you soft proof from PSCS4 using the above mentioned profiles, make all your output adjustments and do your soft proofing BEFORE you do the Convert/Assign workaround. If you try to adjust your screen image after doing Convert/Assign it will screw up everything on output!!
Eric's more detailed explanation as to why this works and what we can look forward to insofar as a fix is concerned can be found on the Adobe. Don't know if this will take you there or not but try it: http://www.adobeforums.com/webx?13@@.59b7055a/34
Hope this helps. And again, Many thanks to Eric's diligent work.