I am a bit confused as to what is going on and not even sure how to explain the problem really.
Trying to print on Hahnemuhle PhotoRag Baryta using the Piezo Pro inks
Struggling to get a good screen to print match (even just something in the ball park would be great).
Yes my monitor (NEC MultiSync) is calibrated.
Problem starts with my machine (9800) that consistently prints dark. To illustrate this I am attaching a screenshot which shows the measured values from step one (i.e supplied PhotoRagBaryta Warm curve, print the 256 step target, dry overnight, measure in ColorPort with i1Pro2, import into PPEv2). As you can see shadows and three quarter tones are dark.
Go to step two (install new/linearised Warm and Cool curves, then blend new curves in PPE at 18/78 to create ‘neutral’ curve. Print another 256 step target using new ‘neutral’ curve. Dry overnight. Import measurements into PPE - result is much better but still a bit dark, see screenshot #2 below)
Step three - create ICC profile from new/linearised data, and install ICC profile for soft proofing in Photoshop.
This is where it gets confusing
If I open a file in Photoshop turn on soft proofing it looks dark and strongly contrasted. So I try and compensate with a curve and then print with ICC profile (i.e Let Print Tool Manage) but that seems to introduce a colour cast (cool) into the print?
If I turn on soft proofing in PS and select ‘preserve rgb numbers’ - i.e. linear - then it looks great, shadows are open and gradations soft and overall open and not dark.
But if I print image linear (with linearised curve) print is dark and shadows blocked and over-contrasty
Also, if in softproofing, if I turn ‘Simulate Paper Color’ then the image goes black like a mask - see attached screenshot #3 - this can’t be right?
Any suggestions would be great, thanks