Even for the Mac, the ancient gamma 1.8 has been obsolete for many years. It stems from the day of LaserWriters and has nothing to do with modern printing.
Gamma 2.2 has been adopted even by Apple for years.
I don't have CC and never will, but I see no such problem in Photoshop 13.0.5 ("CS6") on my 65-lb Mac Pro1,1 running Lion 10.7.5. I print on Epson and Noritsu units, using Epson, Pictorico, Fujifilm, and Fuji Crystal Archive pepers.
My working space is ProPhoto RGB, which incidentally is gamma 1.8, and my dual high-end CRT monitors are calibrated to gamma 2.2. I calibrate them regularly and often, and I revalidate the calibration more than once a week, for added reassurance given the age of my monitors.
The Adobe RGB standard color space is gamma 2.2.
Can you post a screen shot of your print preview dialog box with one of your typical images showing inthe color managed preview?
Sorry, I wasn't posting a question. The 1.8 gamma is not obsolete. It produces a better soft proof for offset printing than 2.2. I know a lot of people have started using that along with the 6500K temp, but in my real world comparisons it simply doesn't get it done. However, this topic is not about what you think I should be using. It's about an easily reproduced flaw in the software.
I cannot reproduce your issue with what you have described, sorry.
I'm out of here.
That is because you are working at a 2.2 gamma on your displays (and 6500K color temp, which you did not mention). The Adobe staff in the Acrobat forum was able to reproduce it once they moved away from those settings. Several users in that forum have also reported the problem. It may be because Acrobat is used for prepress work, while Photoshop is not so much (probably more for printing photos, as you described in your first response).
Thank you for the hint about the Acrobat forum. I checked the thread where you posted, and it seems that Mountain Lion is needed to trigger the bug in Acrobat. OS X 10.8.x won't even run on my machine, so in my situation the gamma chosen in the calibration is irrelevant to my not being able to reproduce the bug.
You are also correct in pointing out that I don't deal with prepress directly myself.
In other words, I shouldn't have commented at all.
I apologize if my replies were terse. I didn't want to see this topic chase a wild goose, but I do appreciate your willingness to check it out. Not sure that the problem is limited to Mountain Lion. It may be that part of the color management solution that Adobe worked years to implement was broken in the move from carbon to cocoa. And it may well involve what Apple is doing too. Whatever it is, it has resisted Adobe's efforts to solve it, whether because of technical/coding issues or a scarcity of finite corporate resources (which may amount to the same thing). With the gradual demise of print, the sRGB/6500K/2.2 gamma settings have become a de facto standard to the point that even Adobe has apparently overlooked the traditional print standard in their development and testing.
Apology cheerfully accepted and hereby reciprocated.