The Cone Piezotone ink black and white dual quad system was moved from the original Epson 9600 to an Epson 9880. The slightly smaller dot size, cheats in the RIP for more variable dot shenanigans, and increased precision and speed for 2880 performance, has resulted in smoother photographic output with this beautiful ink set. The RIP, Ergosoft StudioPrint, has been updated to the latest version and drives the setup. The nozzle performance of the 9880 has proven to the the most dependable of any Epson I have very owned.
The new 9900 color setup has been the greatest challenge, literally everything about how it is being used here is new territory with new products. Epson hung in there to help with a persistently problematic new printer, a service tech camped out here on multiple occasions, resulting finally in performance more reliable than the 9800 it replaces for color work here. The latest release of StudioPrint and GPS profiler were required to drive this printer with 6 color linearization and profiling. Again taking the role of a new user on new techniques with a new software release, things can be painful and time consuming. Another development I have been waiting for, the new profiling software from X-rite, i1Publish with 6 channel capability was also released, also with maddening early adopter obstacles.
But now everything is falling into place, setups completed on several papers, the results are impressive and the benefits clear in the last several shows posted on the blog. Cyan, magenta, yellow, black, orange, and green inks, each iteratively linearized, careful limiting per channel and total, GPS Profiler’s amazing accuracy and colormetric performance in six channels, i1Pulish’s new color mapping also in six colors with it’s gorgeous perceptual rendering, things are about as bleeding edge here as they can be for fine art color printing. I have the empty Excedrin bottles to proof it… but this color is the cleanest, most delineated, and when called upon, richest I have seen.
Other developments would mostly be paper, I have gravitated to new Epson fine art papers for color, and some impressive Canson offerings for both B&W and color, while most previous papers used here are still in play.
Have a great Fourth of July weekend.