…I have been bugged by the slight “purplish” hue in the extreme highlights of the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 (HPR), which for my landscape images, is the entire sky. Especially for the print that I am making for the Orange County Museum of Art. I observed this hue effect in my smaller prints, but not as pronuced as it is with the large 15 x 33″ print. So now I have spent the last two days trying to fix this print issue, thus no image to post with this today.
Until now, I have been using the Epson Enhance Matte (EEM) medium profile in my print dialog with CS/CS3 and my Epson 4800 printer. I have read repeatedly where other photographers have stated that the profile for EEM is identical to the profile needed to print the HPR. Well perhaps for the ink lay down, but not for the color! …and certainly not for me…
So I finally decided that it made sense to get the .icc download from Hahnemuhle for the HPR I am using, vesus continue beating my head against a very hard brick wall. did I mention that I was an engineer? Well the download did not go entirely to plan with my PC. So after reading multiple PS books on color management, I sent a call to friends. Kjell (blog: The Lentic Blog) came to my rescue: essentially to try reading Hahnemuhles download instructions for a PC. He said it very nice. He did not even ask if I’m an engineer. Thank you, Kjell!
Okay, the HPR .icc was loaded into the PC profiles, but then I followed the rest of the HPR recommendations. Nope, that was not going to work for me. Very, very dark prints. So after testing different print set-up options and a number of sheets of 8-1/2 x11 HPR, I found my solution. I do need to use the print color control. Very nice, no purplish cast, neutral with the slight warm tone from my Hue/Saturation adjustment layer that I want.
Well, the latest HPR version of Tired Bones just came out of the printer as I write this, so now I am off to find some appropriate light to evaluate it.
Best regads, Doug