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Jul 19, 2015 7:19 PM in response to Kurt Lang In response to Kurt Lang

Aug 16, 2012 5:17 PM in response to RichBP In response to RichBP

7. Re: Black and White pic – why is it purple? graynbow Jan 8, 2010 12:43 AM (in response to Hudechrome-sd9sPI)

2. Re: Black and White pic – why is it purple? Anthony.Ralph Dec 24, 2009 7:48 AM (in response to Q Photo)

I have the some problem with a Epson R285 running 10.6 Snow Leopard and Aperture 3 and iPhoto and 10.5 running iPhoto

But when I printed it (on my Canon MP830) onto Photo Paper Glossy Plus, it’s got a distinctly mauve tinge.

3. Re: Black and White pic – why is it purple? p_d_f Dec 24, 2009 3:28 PM (in response to graynbow)

Looks like no one’s replied in a while. To start the conversation again, simply ask a new question.

I have use “Color Profile: SPR285: and Printer Managed” on Apeture print page/sheet when It’s on “Printer Mannaged” on the printer pannle that comes up next (the system print) I can change from “Epson Standard”, to “Epson Vivid” and “RGB” gammer 1.8 and 2.2 none of these make a diffince with B&W but do with colour.

As for the forums, I see what he sees, Chris. In fact, if I want to see the whole set of posts while writing, I have to open a new FF browser and open the particular thread. Otherwise, I loose my typing.

PDF, I’m not sure that my Canon MP830 has the ability to print using only black ink but I’ll check it out.  I seem to recall that some of myHP printers from way back had the facility, but if the newer Canons have the function, it’s not obvious.

Kurt Lang I know how to “Reprofile my screen” but how do I do it for the printer?

Anyway, back to my question about the ‘purple-B&W’ print.  I’ve found the answer, thanks to……um, not sure who it was, cos I can’t see the whole thread as I type this.  The solution was to rescan the photo using the setting ‘Color’ instead of ‘Grayscale’ (Black and White didn’t work), then, in Photoshop, dropping the Saturation to zero.  The result was a nearly perfect copy of the original old black and white photo.

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Thanks, Hudechrome, I’m kinda glad it’s not just me with this unhelpful page structure.  I’m running Firefox in case anyone’s interested, v.2.0.0.20.

My Epson Stylus Photo R800 will no longer print in black and white. No matter what settings, proof, etc. I use, it always comes out purple. Does anyone have a suggestion? I’m at my wits end.

Got an old black and white photo that I thought I’d scan then enhance. It’s actually BLACK and WHITE (not sepia but maybe more grayish than black)

Aug 16, 2012 6:56 AM in response to RichBP In response to RichBP

1. Re: Black and White pic – why is it purple? Q Photo Dec 24, 2009 3:27 AM (in response to graynbow)

Nov 2, 2013 4:29 PM in response to RichBP In response to RichBP

Aug 17, 2012 6:27 AM in response to RichBP In response to RichBP

It sounds like you may have something different in your user preferences.

OK, back to my question about my scanned B&W photo printing with a purple cast. Sorry but I’m not experienced enough in Photoshop to be able to apply the curves and layers suggestions.  However, it’s possible that I should have used the Black and White setting on the scanner, rather than Grayscale.  I did this because the scan Preview looked quite weird in B&W but appeared better in Grayscale, so that’s what I scanned with.

6. Re: Black and White pic – why is it purple? Hudechrome-sd9sPI Jan 7, 2010 4:35 PM (in response to graynbow)

Aug 16, 2012 5:11 PM in response to Kurt Lang In response to Kurt Lang

@sig, My print cartridges check out as OK. Most have been recently replaced and as noted above, the yellow is not clogged or out of ink. I checked for print driver updates and I’m up to date. I haven’t checked with Epson yet as I’ve had better results here than with most manufactureres.

For the Adjustment Layer types – Green is not the opposite of red. Cyan is. For the record – Cyan and Red are opposites, Green and Magenta, and Yellow and Blue. That will help a lot in future color corrections.

1) Your monitor profile is different. Which it will be on a new Mac. By default, ColorSync tries to get the output to match the screen. It doesn’t matter if the screen looks gray to you, it’s what the L*A*B* values in the monitor profile tell ColorSync your monitor looks like. And it could be that it thinks your gray balance is on the purple side.

P.S. We’r not talking a little change it’s as if the printer makes purple insed of gray from black right though to white.

Just to add what Q Photo said; if you use a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop to bring the colour cast back to neutral, saving it as a curves preset means that in future you can make any picture B&W and just before printing invoke the preset, knowing that the colour cast will be neutralised.

Hi everyone.  Sorry about the delay answering, just got back from hols.

@Kurt, My yellow ink seems to be fine. The print utility tells me my cartridges are OK and I printed out a yellow graph and it printed correctly.

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I’m going to guess that it has to do with your printer settings.  Does it have a B&W setting?  I use an Epson printer with a grayscale setting.  The results are terrible.  My workaround is to print in color mode but I make color adjustments using adjustment layers.  If straight print looks too green I add red.  End result is I get a passable B&W print on matte paper and an excellent one on glossy.  Once you achieve the look you want ,save that file with the layers and you can use those layers on any print you wish to print as a B&W.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 15″ MacBook Pro 2.2ghz i7 Early ’11

I bought this iMac in April of 2012 and it came with Lion installed. I haven’t done much black and white printing lately, and its just occurred to me that this problem could be related to Lion. My previous computer was running Snow Leopard. If it is Lion related, where would I start looking for a fix? As I mentioned, the print driver is up to date.

Did you change any profiles recently? Did you just install Lion and are now having this issue, whereas it worked in Snow Leopard?

I’m working in Photoshop CS 5. I’ve tried various profiles, although I didn’t make any changes until I started having this problem. I have always used Adobe RGB 1998 or the profile for the specific paper I’m printing on. None of the profile changes I’ve made have made any difference in the print output.

Black and White pic – why is it purple? graynbow Dec 24, 2009 3:02 AM

What’s the status of your print cartridges? When you contacted Epson support what did they advise? Have you the latest print driver installed?

I printed a test page and that was missing all yellow, which is hard to see in the first place. I used a loop to see it showed up and low and behold there was no yellow lines of ink.

Aug 16, 2012 5:21 PM in response to RichBP In response to RichBP

Before I get to the original subject, I must say I find these Adobe forums very hard to navigate.   I’ve questioned and answered on hundreds of forums over the past 15 years and the Adobe group has a ‘style’ all of its own.   For example, I wanted to post a reply in which I could comment about everyone’s responses, but now, as I type this, I can only see PDF’s post, so I can’t refer back to the two earlier posters, to make detailed comments about their helpful remarks.  On most boards, if I hit the REPLY button on the last post, I get to see all previous posts above my response box.  Not so here.  There doesn’t seem to be a PREVIEW button, either, to ‘test-run’ my reply.  Maybe I have the page laid out incorrectly….

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I am glad there is some out there that know what they are doing.

If you’re using the same RGB working space in Photoshop, and the same printer profiles, then it has to be one of two things.

Aug 16, 2012 7:04 AM in response to RichBP In response to RichBP

4. Re: Black and White pic – why is it purple? graynbow Jan 6, 2010 12:00 PM (in response to p_d_f)

5. Re: Black and White pic – why is it purple? Chris Cox Jan 7, 2010 4:01 PM (in response to graynbow)

Printing though Windows when booted into it on my mac works OK having to use Windows to print relay stinks.

You probably don’t have a good profile for your printer-paper combo. Canon, imo, doesn’t do a great job at neutral b&w without a profile. You should at least try a recommended Canon paper and look for it’s profile and set it before you print.

2) ColorSync itself may be drastically different in Lion, so things need to be reprofiled.

Graynbow – you either need to print your file with the correct profile for you printer/paper combo  –  or – you need to print using only the black inks on your printer. If you are using the correct paper profile you prints should be very close to neutral. Use the wrong one and anything can happen. Grays are the hardest to print right because our eyes are so sensitive to the slightest deviation from gray.



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