I’m embarking on developing a new set of curves for some Red River paper that I’ve used for the past 8 years or so for calendars I send to my family. For this reason, I am not using the best papers available, and the RR papers seem to fit the bill nicely.
Anyway, since you don’t have curves for the paper, I expect that I should start with a similar paper from Moab or one of the other companies. The paper I want to profile is Red River Premium Matte Plus, 60#.
My look around seems to indicate that Moab Lasal Matte may be similar, but I’m not sure if there is a better one to start with. Looking for advice before I go into the cycle too far.
I’m printing with an Epson P800 and the Pro inkset, so I’ll be developing a warm, neutral, and cool curve for the printer.
I’m using a i1Pro V1 and I will use the i1 software.
My first print of the linearization targets (51 step) seems to be OK, but the darkest few boxes may have merged. I’ll see once it has fully dried, but if they have, my thought is that there may be a better curve to choose from because the Moab curves may already have considerable black boost or similar built into them that ultimately is blocking up the shadows a bit too much for this paper.
Is there a better curve to start with? I don’t see any “Master” curves as you have with other inksets.