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 IT IS vital to prepare an image and process it correctly to get the best results. Although most printers offer basic tone adjustments in the print process, we recommend making these adjustments using editing software beforehand.

Ensuring the monitor is correctly calibrated using a calibration device , the main adjustments for black & white printing are to the shadow and highlight tonality. Basic changes to exposure, levels and contrast are easy to make using editing tools such as Photoshop Elements or Nik Software s Silver Efex Pro 2, which is a plug-in specifically designed to recreate the classic look of black & white film for digital photographers.

Scans should be made with a flat tone to preserve as much information in the original scan,

and then they should be edited to taste for contrast, levels and exposure. Finally, look at the image size. There is no point exceeding the printer s resolution, which will be either 300dpi or 360dpi. Whichever it is, select this resolution as ppi in Image Size.


Processing a print correctly is a vital part of producing a great black & white print and the following are some key points to check before clicking the OK button.


Letting the printer manage the colours is a good option for those using the same brand of printer, paper and inks. If the printer manages the colours, select the black & white mode (in the

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case of Epson it is the Advanced Black & White Mode). With this mode selected, the use of the colour inks is dramatically reduced, although they are still used to prevent grain in the final print.

With a black & white mode selected in the print settings, most printers offer a choice of colour toning to achieve warm or cool results.

Selecting the software to manage colours is best when the printer, paper and ink are not from the same brand. It is in this option where ICC profiles are used to ensure the correct output of ink for accurate results. Most paper manufacturers offer basic ICC profiles for a number of printers and their own paper, or a custom profile service specific to your own printer can be made by sending prints made with that printer to the paper manufacturer


Whether using an ICC profile or a black & white mode, the second phase of the print menu requires the correct paper type be selected, to ensure the right amount of ink is outputted by the printer head onto the paper The paper types are general and not specific to the paper name, with options including gloss, matt and semi-gloss.


Setting the print speed to low ensures that the finest level of detail is reproduced by the printer without any print lines in the final result.

For Epson printers, this is achieved by ticking out of the  High Speed  box. Print quality should be set to the highest possible. These factors combined will slow the print speed, but produce the best results.

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