I’m using mostly Hahnemühle papers and some from the Epson collection, and thought my profiles would be useful for other people. Especially if one does not want to go through the burden of printing and measuring targets. All the printers I had used for profiling had been linearized with Epson ColorBase before printing the targets. So these profiles should work well for your linearized printer too. The profiles should also work with other Epson printers using the same print head as the one for which I have created a profile (eg profiles made for the 4800 should work on the 7800 and 9800). But your mileage may wary.
The old set of profiles were made by taking two or three measurements from each paper (in case of Photo Rag, William Turner and Museum Etching profiles for the 4800 three different target sheets were used), averaging them, and correcting salient measurement errors. The targets were Bill Atkinson’s great 1728 patch RGB files, measured using an Eye-One Pro spectrophotometer. Newer ones were simply created using i1Profiler, as there’s no need for the former complicated procedure with it.
Printer settings you should use for these profiles are contained in the profile names.
Naming convention for the older set is the following:
- Is the printer type. In this example the Epson Stylus Pro 4800.
- Is the paper type and driver media setting. In this example Hahnemühle Photo Rag (HPR), and the driver should be set to Epson Velvet Fine Art (VFA). If the paper type is in the driver then only the paper type goes here (e.g. for most of the Epson papers).
- Is the driver DPI setting. All the profiles were made with the highest DPI and unidirectional printing settings in the driver, but you can use them with lower
resolution and bidirectional printing.
- Denotes other driver settings used. Std means everything is at its default value.
So the profile in this example needs the following driver settings: Velvet Fine Art Paper, 2880dpi (or 1440 if you wish to save on ink), High speed disabled (or enabled if you have time pressure).
Newer (Stylus Photo 4900) profiles are simply named after the paper they were made for; printer settings were 2880 DPI and media type either Velvet Fine Art Paper (for matte papers) or Premium Luster (for glossy ones).
Black and white profiles are meant to be used with Epson’s Advanced B&W mode. The last character of the name specifies the tone curve used (N for Normal).
|R2880||Epson Cold Press Bright||Matte||SPR2880 ECPB VFA 5760 Std|
|R2880||Epson Cold Press Natural||Matte||SPR2880 ECPN VFA 5760 Std|
|R2880||Epson Hot Press Bright||Matte||SPR2880 EHPB VFA 5760 Std|
|R2880||Epson Hot Press Natural||Matte||SPR2880 EHPN VFA 5760 Std|
|3880||Epson Cold Press Bright||Matte||SP3880 ECPB USFA 2880 Std|
|3880||Epson Cold Press Natural||Matte||SP3880 ECPN USFA 2880 Std|
|3880||Epson Hot Press Bright||Matte||SP3880 EHPB USFA 2880 Std|
|3880||Epson Hot Press Natural||Matte||SP3880 EHPN USFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Epson Cold Press Bright||Matte||SP4800 ECPB USFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Epson Cold Press Natural||Matte||SP4800 ECPN USFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Epson Enhanced Matte||Matte||SP4800 EM 2880 Std|
|4800||Epson Hot Press Bright||Matte||SP4800 EHPB USFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Epson Hot Press Natural||Matte||SP4800 EHPN USFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Epson Premium Luster||Photo||SP4800 PL 2880 Std|
|4800||Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art||Matte||SP4800 USFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Epson Velvet Fine Art||Matte||SP4800 VFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle Bamboo||Matte||SP4800 HB VFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta||Photo||SP4800 HFB PL 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle FineArt Canvas||Matte||SP4800 HFC VFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle Monet Canvas||Matte||SP4800 HMC VFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle Museum Etching||Matte||SP4800 HME VFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle Natural Art Duo||Matte||SP4800 HNA VFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle Photo Rag||Matte||SP4800 HPR VFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White||Matte||SP4800 HPRBW VFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin||Matte||SP4800 HPRS VFA 2880 Std|
|4800||Hahnemühle William Turner||Matte||SP4800 HWT VFA 2880 Std|
|4880||Epson Cold Press Bright||Matte||SP4880 ECPB USFA 2880 Std|
|4880||Epson Cold Press Natural||Matte||SP4880 ECPN USFA 2880 Std|
|4880||Epson Hot Press Bright||Matte||SP4880 EHPB USFA 2880 Std|
|4880||Epson Hot Press Natural||Matte||SP4880 EHPN USFA 2880 Std|
|4900||Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl||Photo||SP4900 FA Pearl|
|4900||Hahnemühle Monet Canvas||Matte||SP4900 Monet Canvas|
|4900||Hahnemühle Museum Etching||Matte||SP4900 Museum Etching|
|4900||Hahnemühle Natural Art Duo||Matte||SP4900 Natural Art Duo|
|4900||Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta||Photo||SP4900 PR Baryta|
|4900||Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl||Photo||SP4900 PR Pearl|
|4900||Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin||Matte||SP4900 PR Satin|
|4900||Hahnemühle Photo Rag||Matte||SP4900 Photo Rag|
|4900||Hahnemühle William Turner||Matte||SP4900 William Turner|
Black and White Profiles
|SP4900||Hahnemühle Photo Rag||Matte||SP4900 Photo Rag BW N|
|Code||Driver Media Type Setting|
|USFA||Ultrasmooth Fine Art|
|VFA||Velvet Fine Art|