Epson Stylus Photo 2200/2100
PC Profile Mystery Solved
When I reviewed the Epson 2200 I was irked, and took Epson to task for not installing paper and ink profiles on their PC Windows installs. They were there for the MacIntosh, but not Windows.
Then several readers started writing that they indeed had the profiles installed under Windows, while others (like me) didn't. What was going on?
The mystery has now been solved by observant Luminous Landscape reader, Robert R. Victoreen.
"The article on the Epson 2200 indicates the lack
of profiles for the PC. Not true.
Actually, the various Epson paper profiles are contained within the Epson PIM
software and only installed on a Windows PC if the PIM software option is installed.
I haven't the foggiest idea why: seems any PhotoShop user would want to use
these profiles unless they had their own profile making capability, and that
few have use for PIM. I did not initially install PIM and only discovered these
profiles by accident
After installing PIM, these generic profiles show up in the Photoshop dropdowns
and can be used in the normal fashion in Photoshop. I have had the printer only
a very short time, but my limited observation leads me to believe these are
the most accurate profiles I have yet to encounter: very accurate. I have used
the low end scanner based solutions and purchased profiles from commercial suppliers-
can't yet afford the high end direct measurement equipment. Epson's manual indicates
use of their profiles with PIM, but for some reason fails to discuss using them
as one would their own custom profile. A mystery to me as these profiles, used
in the normal way, seem to produce excellent results on the proper Epson paper."
So there you have it. Like most advanced users I had no need for the PIM software, didn't install it and found no profiles.
Just to make matters more complicated I've learned that Epson 2100 purchasers in Australia get neither the PIM software nor the profiles on their installation CD. Why Epson Australia made this daft decision is beyond fathoming.
In any event, the profiles are on their web site and can be found here.