Improving Shadow Details

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Improving Shadow Details

Post by sdumbliauskas » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:33 am

Hi guys,

How you deal with dark areas? I have a problem that details in dark areas (shadows) simply disappears and prints flat black color. Check out this image
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My print conditions:
Printer - Epson P800
Original Epson inks
Color mode - SRGB
Rendering Intent - Saturation (because I have very dark unnatural shadows in other modes )
Black point compensation - ON
Use Ghostscript as interpreter - ON

All other settings left default.

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Re: Problem with shadow details

Post by zedonet » Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:39 am

Hello Saulius,

to enhance contrasts in dark areas, the "shadows" slider would be the best instrument.

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For printing photos, we always recommend the "perception" intents, "saturation" is more suited for charts and graphs to achieve more vibrant colors. The mentioned unnatural dark shadows could be a problem with the paper if the ink amount is too high for it and bleeding occurs. What paper are you using? Did you print on photo paper?

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Re: Problem with shadow details

Post by sdumbliauskas » Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:21 am

Hello Zedonet,

Thank you for your message.
I print on Somerset Enhanced pure cotton inkjet paper with custom icc profile made for this paper.
I tried perception intents, shadows looks better, but details in dark areas looks almost the same because I have to rise contrast to 130% to get good picture.
I tried to play with "shadows" settings and raised to 140% but no difference in shadow detail.

Thank you!
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