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You have an untagged file - there is no document color profile. Assign the correct profile and never work with untagged material. If there is no profile, the document RGB values are undefined.
For any color management to work, wherever it resides, there has to be both a source profile and a destination profile.
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I don't think it has to do with document profiles. The confusion comes from print color management settings being in not two, but three places.
- Photoshop dialog box (Printer vs Photoshop managed)
- Epson printer driver, Color Matching options
- Epson printer driver, Color Management options
You already know about #1. To get to #2 and #3, you have to click Print Settings in the Photoshop Print dialog box.
It's in #2 that the Epson driver lets you choose whether you want to go through ColorSync or Epson color controls. If you choose ColorSync, you will get the ColorSync warning you saw. If you switch it to Epson Color Controls, you won't get that warning. #3 is where you control printer color management in the Epson printer driver; since you're using Printer Managed Colors then you want to leave color management on (Color Controls).
While I don't have the same exact printer, I chose an Epson office inkjet as an example because it also doesn't have custom profiles, so Printer Manages Colors is a reasonable way to print through it.
And here I thought I found the smoking gun...
Still, a file without an embedded profile has a very low probability of being correctly reproduced anywhere.
Thanks everyone, but there's no "color matching" or "color management" option in my printer driver.
One confusing aspect of Mac printing is that the driver software Apple installs automatically might not have as many features as the version you download from the printer vendor. If you see clues that you might not have access to all the printer features you should, like when color controls are missing, you might have an Apple printer driver version installed, so you might have to download the printer driver installer from the vendor itself, in this case Epson.
This is described in more detail in this Macworld article:
I knew to expect a Color Options item in the Print dialog’s menu. The printer’s manual confirmed this. But I couldn’t find any such item. I subsequently noticed that several other printer-specific settings were similarly missing. What was going on?...
See if downloading and installing the Epson version of your printer driver gives you the color options, and let us know if that takes care of it.
Thanks. I'm familiar with these annoying variations, but Epson simply refers user's to Apple's Software Update for drivers for this printer.