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« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2013, 12:31:03 PM »
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You will need ABW icc profiles, but again the problem here is that you can only use them under a Win7 OS.
It should work under any Windows OS, actually. Not sure what the deal is with MacOS, can't Photoshop use monochrome ICC profiles for soft-proofing on the Mac?
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« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2013, 03:01:50 PM »
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Okay a few more tests....

I have been using softproofing in the develop module with a stock Velvet fine art profile. Accepting that this does not match the ABW mode. I have no issue with seeing 10% and a little of the 5% on screen with or without soft proofing and I am still finding it difficult to acheive that with adjustments on paper. I now have 12 A4 test prints  Embarrassed

I can see the principle but I am finding it difficult to get any 5% and 10% visible and this is with unpleasant aggressive adjustments
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« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2013, 03:04:15 PM »
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PS I am a MAC user on snow leopard at present
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« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2013, 03:42:53 PM »
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Mark, you do get a better Dmax and the ABW driver does use less colored ink which could be an issue in terms of print permanency.  .............

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Alan, nothing I've seen in the past conclusively demonstrates deeper maximum black on several baryta papers than the regular Epson driver with a good custom profile can deliver. Nor have I seen conclusive evidence from print permanence data for B&W prints that they will be less prone to deterioration if printed with the ABW option rather than the normal driver. Nor have I noticed in prints any problem with smoothness of grayscale tonal gradation in numerous test images I use, or better still in real photograph where it matters most. Whether these responses are exactly "linear" or not is quite unimportant to me if I can't see any quality hit from just using the most straightforward workflow for making the prints.
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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2013, 03:43:38 PM »
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It should work under any Windows OS, actually. Not sure what the deal is with MacOS, can't Photoshop use monochrome ICC profiles for soft-proofing on the Mac?
There was a long thread on this last year when the Epson driver was changed to deal with the Mac OS and one cannot send a profiled image through the driver in that OS any longer.  You are correct that for now any Win OS up to 7 can use monochrome profiles.  Don't know about Win8
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« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2013, 03:52:15 PM »
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Alan, nothing I've seen in the past conclusively demonstrates deeper maximum black on several baryta papers than the regular Epson driver with a good custom profile can deliver. Nor have I seen conclusive evidence from print permanence data for B&W prints that they will be less prone to deterioration if printed with the ABW option rather than the normal driver. Nor have I noticed in prints any problem with smoothness of grayscale tonal gradation in numerous test images I use, or better still in real photograph where it matters most. Whether these responses are exactly "linear" or not is quite unimportant to me if I can't see any quality hit from just using the most straightforward workflow for making the prints.
Certainly the Dmax is higher with ABW than with the regular Epson driver.  I measured this with all the papers I regularly print on (i1 pro measuring a maximum black patch).  I know that you have printed on IGFS.  With the normal driver I get a Dmax of 2.25 and this bumps up to 2.48 with ABW. It's measurable but whether it makes a significant difference is up to the viewer's eyes.  Eric Chan covers this issue as well.
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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2013, 03:53:11 PM »
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There was a long thread on this last year when the Epson driver was changed to deal with the Mac OS and one cannot send a profiled image through the driver in that OS any longer.  .........

Alan - I'm confused about what you mean here. I'm on Mac OS 10.6.8 and every image I send through LR to print has an embedded profile, and it all works just fine.
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« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2013, 04:00:32 PM »
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Certainly the Dmax is higher with ABW than with the regular Epson driver.  I measured this with all the papers I regularly print on (i1 pro measuring a maximum black patch).  I know that you have printed on IGFS.  With the normal driver I get a Dmax of 2.25 and this bumps up to 2.48 with ABW. It's measurable but whether it makes a significant difference is up to the viewer's eyes.  Eric Chan covers this issue as well.

Yes, I read all of Eric's excellent contributions on this subject quite some time ago. All I can tell you is that when I LOOKED at the same prints made by ABW and the regular driver for my 4900 review, it was very hard to tell any difference, and I had a tonal range that went from zero shadow detail upward. So by measurements I don't doubt what you report - but, whether it makes a substantial photographic difference is another story.
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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2013, 04:01:57 PM »
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Okay a few more tests....

I have been using softproofing in the develop module with a stock Velvet fine art profile. ............
I can see the principle but I am finding it difficult to get any 5% and 10% visible .........

This outcome for that paper is completely un-surprising.
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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2013, 04:48:09 PM »
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I have read all of Eric Chan's excellent notes and there are a few areas where the updates have not filtered through, so to speak. I know with MAC and LR4 I can't experiment with his ABW profiles, the best balance I have so far is to adjust contrast and brightness in the LR printer module and add 5% shadow tonality. I am keen to get the majority of the image looking right as I endeavour to recover shadow detail, if I also add a little 5-10 in the develop module, that's as far as I can go before it looks wrong.

It's relatively cheap paper, but it does have nice deep blacks. Fortunately HFA museum etching is better regarding shadow detail.
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« Reply #30 on: January 02, 2013, 04:57:44 PM »
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Alan - I'm confused about what you mean here. I'm on Mac OS 10.6.8 and every image I send through LR to print has an embedded profile, and it all works just fine.
You cannot use ABW profiles on a Mac OS machine.  The ABW driver will not accept them.
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« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2013, 05:08:38 PM »
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Ah OK - you didn't limit the statement to *ABW* profiles so I thought you were making another point. That's clear now.
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« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2013, 01:10:20 AM »
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I have spoken to Fotospeed and they are going to provide a bespoke icc for free  Smiley

It will be interesting to see how a colour icc used for B&W compares to ABW. I'll keep you all posted
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