Epson releases ColorLife ICC profiles!|
(Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 13:55 EDT)
Stylus Photo 870, 875DC and 1270 users now get more accurate results on ColorLife prints...
Epson has released ICC profiles for its recently-announced ColorLife paper in combination with the Stylus Photo 870, 875DC and 1270 inkjet printers, our friends at the Digital Photography Review report. Available from Epson's support website, the profiles were developed using GretagMacbeth ProfileMaker 3.1 Professional software along with a GretagMacbeth SpectroScan Spectrophotometer, and they should offer users a significantly more accurate match between what they see on their screen (if correctly profiled) and what they see from their printer.
The link above will take you to a page with a license agreement; upon accepting, you can download a self-extracting Zip file for PC, with instructions on where you can find the extracted files. Users of other platforms should be able to use a Zip utility to extract the enclosed files... An HTML 'readme' file explains how to use the ICC profile.
If you're not familiar with Epson's ColorLife photo paper, the following comments we received from IR reader Judith King may be of interest:
"Since I am always interested in other's experience with inkjet paper, I thought I'd throw in my two cents in on the new photo paper put out by Epson (ColorLife Photo). It is very thick, maybe even thicker than regular photographs. It prints so well, you wonder if you are looking at the real thing or a picture of it. The colors are unbelievably perfect when compared to the original. Thanks for the comments, Judith!
Digital Photography Review website
While our kids were growing up I collected my children's art work - like good Mothers are supposed to do. Now that our son is a professional artist, I decided to scan selections of his art from 5 years until now and make a book for his 31 birthday. I used the ColorLife PhotoPaper from Epson on my new Epson Stylus Photo 780 inkjet printer ($100) that uses archival ink. When I showed some of the pages to my sister, she assumed I had attached the art work to the pages rather than printed it out - that's how real it looked. Photographs printed on this paper look just like they do when sent out to a professional developer (actually much better in my opinion because you can tweak them). The paper has a very slight texture to it like high quality photographs usually do.
It is no more expensive than other glossy paper. It is recommended for use with the Epson printers that use the new archival type inks."