Epson and Canon ink are designed to produce a good print in general, but there are those of us who want more. Most users accept what these manufacturers offer, because there is not much more to choose from. We have discussions and Blogs on how the Epson driver uses ink and the color relationship between color values. Basically most people use printers that are based on CMYK with added light colors, but work in RGB. If you can remember playing with crayons or if you are a painter you would never settle for only having 3 Colors and Black.
Let’s look at the intension of the OEM ink pallet and their intension of fitting into the market.
One of the key elements to take into consideration when buying into a printer and ink, is what was the intension of the printer manufacturer for that product. Most people believe that because a manufacturer like Epson shows photographic prints at trade shows, that that printer is mainly made for the photo community. If you look at the color spectrum of their latest Epson printers with Vivid Magenta, the weakest link is Bright Red, a color I believe to be the most important color in the spectrum. Note the companies that use Red in their Logo. If you take Epson’s Magenta and Mix it with their yellow you do not obtain a bright red. If you add their yellow-orange into the mix, you still do not get a bright red. The magenta from their 9800 will give you a better red, but it is far from the spectrum of pre-press inks.
We strive to push the envelope of color, pushing it to the maximum saturation, brilliance, and depth. In order to accomplish this task we basically replaced light-light black with a color. In an 8-Color printer we replaced LLK with lime green, a very brilliant color. In a 10 color printer we have replaced LLK with blue-violet. In this combination we use a rich warmer orange, lime green, and a new rich crimson-magenta. This color pallet also offers a comprehensive Pantone Pallet.
We also replaced the Epson Driver with our RIP which can take advantage of our unique pallets.
Taking color to the Max has the greatest effect on Fine Art Papers, Canvas, and Most Matte Material.
Let’s discuss your goals and interest in printing.
Please let us know what your thoughts are on this discussion.