Re: Epson 3800 vs 4800 - any advice?
When I was first doing my research for PDN, the printers at that time were not as nearly as smooth as those we have today. When using any combination of ink that included black, there would be a problem in the upper midtones or highlights where the black ink kicked in a certain tonal range.... this would cause a fringe of noise in smooth areas such as clouds.
Currently I prefer them because of some advanced printing options offered and because the CDRP lets me do a nice quick comparison of a printer's ink densities. With some of the new printers, black is not necessarily the most dense color. It also helps determine when a particular process has possibly a sensitivity to other parts of the spectrum than UV—as I supsect is true with Soloar Plate.
In a message dated 2/27/07 5:05:56 PM, email@example.com writes:
One solution to the lack of printing density with the 4800 would be
to blend in some black with the PDN colors. If you do that you can
easily get as high a printing density as you would need for any
I know that Mark prefers increasing the ink density to bump the
contrast, but blending in the black works better for me for various
And Mark, I have really forgotten why you don't like black inks. I
recall you explained that to me once, but I just can't retain as much
as I used to in the brain. Using black might be a solution to the
gritty look with the 3800. In testing the 3800 with Don Hutton we
were getting very smooth tones with the black inks, and with a R+G
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