Using the Color Controls Settings



Follow the instructions for your operating system to experiment with the color control settings:

The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer is used as the example in these steps, but the workflow is similar for other Epson printers.

Windows

  1. Open your image file in your application.


  2. Select Print from the File menu.


  3. Make sure your printer is selected.


  4. Click the Preferences or Properties button. (If you see a Setup, Printer, or Options button, click it. Then click Preferences or Properties on the next screen.)


  5. Note:
    If you click the print icon on your application's tool bar instead of selecting Print from the File menu, you may not get the option to change the printer software settings before printing.




  6. For the Quality Option setting, select Best Photo.


  7. Choose the paper type you're printing on for the Type setting in the Paper Options section.


  8. Make sure PhotoEnhance is not selected.


  9. Select Color Controls for the Color Management setting.


  10. The Color Controls setting uses color matching and image-enhancement methods provided by the printer driver.



  11. The Gamma option controls image contrast by modifying the midtones and midlevel grays in your prints. Common RGB working spaces that use different gammas include ProPhoto RGB, Adobe RGB, and ColorMatch RGB. Match your gamma to that of your working space.


  12. 1.5 Select this setting to print with the same contrast values as earlier EPSON ink jet printers.
    1.8 Select this setting to print with higher contrast.
    Normally, select this value.
    Select this value if you are using the ColorMatch RGB working space.
    2.2 Select this setting when you are trying to match your image colors with other sRGB devices.
    Select this value if you are using the Adobe RGB working space.


  13. Use the Color Mode setting to select one of the following modes (available modes vary by model):


  14. EPSON Standard Increases the contrast in your prints. Use this setting for color photographs.
    EPSON Vivid* Enhances the blue and green tones in your prints.
    Adobe RGB Matches your print's color to the Adobe RGB color space.
    * Because this setting produces blue and green tones that cannot be displayed by your monitor, your printouts may differ from the screen image when this option is selected.

  15. The Color Enhancement slide bars adjust the following options in a range of -25% to +25%. Drag the slide bars to the right or left with your mouse to adjust the settings. You can also type a value from -25 to +25 in the boxes next to the slide bars.


  16. Brightness Changes the overall lightness or darkness of your prints.
    Contrast Increases or decreases the difference between the bright and dark areas of your prints.
    Saturation Increases or decreases the vividness of color in your prints. The lower the saturation, the duller the colors. The higher the saturation, the more vivid the colors.
    Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow Adjusts the amount of each of the three primary colors in your prints.


Mac OS X

  1. Open your image file in your application.


  2. Select Print from the File menu.


  3. Note:
    If you click the print icon on your application's tool bar instead of selecting Print from the File menu, you may not see the option to change the printer software settings before printing.


  4. Make sure your printer is selected.


  5. Do one of the following:

    Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4
    Click on Copies & Pages and select Print Settings in the list of choices that appear.

    Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    Click the button to expand the Print window, if necessary. Click on the print options pop-up menu and select Print Settings.




  6. Choose the paper type you're printing on for the Media Type setting.


  7. Select Advanced for the Mode setting.


  8. Select Best Photo or Photo RPM for the Print Quality setting.


  9. If these settings don't produce the output you're looking for, continue with the next step.


  10. Click the Print Settings pop-up menu and select Color Management.




  11. Select Color Controls, if necessary, then click the triangle next to Advanced Settings to display all of the available settings.




  12. Select one of the following settings in the Mode pop-up menu (available modes vary by model):


  13. EPSON Standard Increases the contrast in your prints. Use this setting for color photographs.
    EPSON Vivid* Enhances the blue and green tones in your prints.
    Adobe RGB Matches your print's color to the Adobe RGB color space.
    * Because this setting reproduces blue and green tones that cannot be displayed by your monitor, your printouts may differ from the screen image when this function is selected.

  14. The Gamma option controls image contrast by modifying the midtones and midlevel grays in your prints. Common RGB working spaces that use different gammas include ProPhoto RGB, Adobe RGB, and ColorMatch RGB. Match your gamma to that of your working space.


  15. 1.5 Select this setting to print with the same contrast values as earlier EPSON ink jet printers.
    1.8 Select this setting to print with higher contrast.
    Normally, select this value.
    Select this value if you are using the ColorMatch RGB working space.
    2.2 Select this setting when you are trying to match your image colors with other sRGB devices.
    Select this value if you are using the Adobe RGB working space.


  16. The Color Enhancement slide bars adjust the following options in a range of -25% to +25%. Drag the slide bar to the right or left with your mouse to adjust the settings. You can also type a value from -25 to +25 in the boxes next to the slide bars.


  17. Brightness Changes the overall lightness or darkness.
    Contrast Magnifies or minimizes the difference between the bright and dark parts of your image.
    Saturation Modifies the vividness of color. The lower the saturation, the duller the colors. The higher the saturation, the more vivid the colors.
    Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow Adjusts the amount of each of the three primary colors.