I manage color and service bureau printing at the college I work for, and we've been fighting the upgrade to CS4 for some time. Here's what we have so far.
Apple dual G5 machine with 10.5.8
Adobe PS CS3
Adobe PS CS4
3 x Epson 4800 Pro printers using an IP connection and using Driver version #6.11
We manage color with custom created profiles in eyeOne with eyeOne pro hardware.
When moving to CS4 for printing prints have gond dark and the color has taken an odd shift.
When printing with CS3, we get consistent color and density
All things being equal in the print settings for each version of PS.
I have heard that CS4 addresses the printing system differently (using an updated printing api from Apple) is this true?
When running prints from within another app (any app really) that prints directly through the OS, we get similar results as CS4.
The best explaination that we've been able to get is that the (epson) print driver is operating on the older api calls, and that when the OS (or CS4) is operating on the newer calls, the color and density issues arise.
Can anyone verify this?
I suffered dark prints on CS4 using an Epson PX800 printer
The solution was as follows
I started up Photoshop then switched on my printer with a card in the card reader with some photos on.
go to print your photo and in the "print profile" drop down menu, you will have a new profile "Camera RGB Profile" which is being picked up from the photos on your card - Then print!! it works for me, i am using a Mac and my prints are no longer dark ,pretty much spot on
I use either Epson or Jessops paper with the original ink cartridges.
Give it a go!
I had a similar problem and without going through all the steps in colour set up I offer two comments:
1. All recent monitors are too bright to match a printed image to an on-screen image which is the reason you bought your EyeOne. In setting up calibration 100 candelas is probably still too bright. I use 80 candelas.
2. See my colour set up for Adobe Suite and match my steps against yours. See: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/775255?tstart=0
I am NOT a professional photographer. I am an advanced amateur who makes photos from RAW files using Lightroom and CS5 on a relatively inexpensive 4-ink Hp printer. I too run into the results where Lightroom prints beautifully, where CS5 prints too dark and desaturated. I do not have color calibration equipment. I use a Hp LCD monitor and can't seem to darken it down enough using either Brightness or Contrast to get screen and prints to match. I imagine you are all pro's, but is there anyone who can make a suggestion that would work for me? Thanks, Jennings
Having gotten more experience with my two new Adobe products, and having re-read the thread with a better understanding of what is in play here. I do thing the very bright newer monitors are the real problem. I have the HP f1905b LCD which has the clear glass screen, and I think the 'b' stands for 'bright'. So perhaps the new (especially non-frosted screens) are just too darned bright compared to the output onto glossy hp Premium Photo Paper with hp's dye based ink sets. Thanks anyway everyone!
I do thing the very bright newer monitors are the real problem. I have the HP f1905b LCD which has the clear glass screen, and I think the 'b' stands for 'bright'. So perhaps the new (especially non-frosted screens) are just too darned bright compared to the output onto glossy hp Premium Photo Paper with hp's dye based ink sets. Thanks anyway everyone!